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Cervical Corpectomy Nerve Decompression

Cervical corpectomy and fusion is performed to treat cervical stenosis that affects the vertebrae, with bone spurs that create pressure on the spinal cord. It decompresses the nerve roots and spinal cord, relieving pain by removing vertebrae in the neck except the portion of bone that surrounds the posterior spinal cord. Spinal fusion joins adjacent vertebrae, stabilizing the spine.

The surgery, which is extensive, is recommended only for patients with spinal cord problems that cannot be resolved by cervical discectomy, such as those with severe pain, muscle weakness, and difficulty moving. While the patient is under general anesthesia, the surgeon makes an incision in the front of the neck to reach the cervical spine and removes the discs above and below the vertebral body. A bone graft with plates and screws is used to stabilize the spine before the incision is closed.

To improve stability during healing, the surgeon may place a collar and remove it approximately two to six weeks later. Length of stay in the hospital depends on how extensive the surgery is. Outpatient physical therapy may be recommended to improve function and control of the neck muscles. Your spine surgeon will give you specific information related to your particular condition and lifestyle goals, as well as a detailed description of the surgery and instructions on how to make the best recovery.

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