Whenever possible, orthopedic specialists like those on the spine team at Rothman Institute will attempt conservative, nonoperative treatments for cervical spinal conditions that are still in the early stages of development. However, if the conservative treatments prove to be ineffective or if the spine’s condition is severe, anterior cervical fusion in Philadelphia may be recommended.
The Anterior approach to surgery, is used when the compressive pathology originates from the anterior aspect of the spine. This allows surgeons a better view of the cervical discs and consequently better access to the problem area. In order to avoid interference from nerves exiting the spinal column, anterior cervical fusion in Philadelphia is performed more often on patients with herniated discs, with severe degenerative conditions or who have experienced trauma and injury to the cervical or neck region of the spine.
A posterior approach is sometimes necessary to either decompress or back up an anterior fusion. Depending on your symptoms, and injury your surgeon will determine which type of surgery is best for you.
When a surgery to perform anterior cervical fusion in Philadelphia is scheduled, the patient can expect the following:
An incision is made in the front of the neck for access to the top of the spine
Issues including bone spurs, herniated disc or “pinched” nerves will be addressed during surgery (disc may be removed if necessary to relieve pressure to root nerves)
In order to stabilize the segment of vertebrae surrounding the problem area, a bone graft is added to allow fusion to occur during recovery
Fusion of that segment insures that no future herniation is possible at that level
Following the procedure and your full recovery, you can expect to have significant pain relief with possible improvement of symptoms such as numbness, tingling and weakness in the arms. The fusion of the vertebrae provides extra support to the upper spine. Like all orthopedic surgeries, anterior cervical fusion in Philadelphia is designed to help patients get back to a healthy, pain free life! Call Rothman Institute today to set up an appointment and find out if this procedure is right for your case.