Cervical spinal surgery is used to correct the part of the spine in the neck, including problems with the bones (vertebrae), disks, and nerves.
Cervical spinal surgery
The cervical spine is part of the spine that runs through the neck area. It consists of seven vertebrae and eight pairs of spinal nerves (called C1 to C8). The two most common problems people have with the cervical spine are herniation and stenosis.
For detailed information on those conditions see:
Herniated intervertebral disk
The specific cervical spine surgery depends on what is causing the problem. The surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and pain-free).
If there is a single herniated disk, then the disk may simply be removed through a surgical cut that is made in either the front or the back of the body.
If more than one disk needs to be removed, the sp...
In short, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease which attacks joints in the body. It can affect the alignment and positioning of those joints, even to the extent that they become stuck in a bent position or become dislocated. Bone erosion caused by RA may make the ends of bones rough and irregular. Patients may eventually notice that their fingers begin to shift toward the direction of their elbow.
In previous posts, we have discussed different types of surgery used in patients living with rheumatoid arthritis, including synovectomy, tendon repair, and carpal tunnel release . Today’s discussion centers around joint replacement and implants.
What is Joint Replacement?
One would think that this is a simple question, right? Take the joint out and put a fake or replacement one in. But in researching this subject, I found it rather difficult to find information which went much beyond this simple concept without become ...
Before my own MS diagnosis, numbness was one of my primary symptoms years after an attack of optic neuritis. It was a bit vague, as numbness can often be difficult to explain. Some people might use the term numbness to describe abnormal sensations, a loss of sensation, or weakness and paralysis. Numbness might involve pain, temperature, light touch, vibration, or positional awareness as well.
Numbness may come and go. After experiencing partial numbness (hypesthesia) on the left side of my face for many months after diagnosis, I now only experience facial numbness when I’m especially rundown, tired, fatigued, overheated, or fighting an infection. Numbness becomes a barometer that lets me know when I’m overdoing things.
Numbness is often associated with other symptoms such as tingling (pins-and-needles), weakness, pain, difficulty walking, and increased risk of falls . When a person experiences complete numbness (anesthesia), delayed reaction to harmful situations such as de...
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