The human spine is strong and complex, able to withstand the impact and stress of a wide variety of movements and weight bearing responsibilities. With each bending, twisting and compressing of the spine, the soft, fluid-filled discs between the vertebrae work to absorb the shock and keep the bones safe.
- Consistent arm pain
- Instability or weakness in the cervical region of the spine
- Numbness and/or a tingling sensation in the arms
- Difficulty with balance and loss of manual dexterity
- Depending on which approach your surgeon uses to access your spine, there can be differences in the procedure itself and the recovery process, so find out if your operation will be from an anterior (front) or posterior (back) approach.
- With a growing body of literature on patient outcomes, you deserve to be seen by the best surgeons and receive the most cutting edge treatment approach. Be sure to look for a physician that has superior academic expertise and is highly experienced in this particular surgery.
- If there is one thing you can do now to promote a fast and successful anterior cervical fusion surgery recovery, it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Leading up to surgery, talk to your physicians about any weight loss goals, the need to quit smoking, etc. so that your body is strong, healthy and ready to heal well.
- Be aware of potential complications of this procedure. While they are extremely rare, it is always best to be informed. Ask your physician to lay out all of the pro’s and con’s for you! Especially when it comes to avoidable risks, consider it your mission to be as informed as possible going into your anterior cervical fusion surgery recovery period.
- Just as important as understanding the unlikely risks is fully realizing the commonly cited successful results of this surgery. Of course, pain relief is the primary reason to have the procedure. But benefits also include stability and protection for the cervical region of the spine.