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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...
Failed Back Syndrome can be devastating after spinal surgery offers such hope to those with none. Unfortunately, some end up with a "failed" surgery. Failure to improve pain. Failure to improve quality of life. Failure to help. Where does a person turn when the pain mercilessly continues? Some turn to a futuristic treatment called spinal cord stimulation which is gaining more and more popularity. This operative procedure places electrical leads near the spinal cord. These leads are then connected to a "generator" which is implanted in the abdomen or buttocks. The electrical current generated near the spinal cord theoretically blocks pain signals. How successful is this pain treatment for failed back syndrome? What are the risks? Is it an option for you? Let's take a look.
When a spinal surgery failed in the past, a person's only option was to take pain medication or to try a reoperation. Another operation is always risky business. In 2005, a study compared the...
Definition Spinal cord abscess is swelling and irritation (inflammation) and the collection of infected material (pus) around the spinal cord. Alternative Names Abscess - spinal cord Causes, incidence, and risk factors A spinal cord abscess is caused by an infection inside the spine. An abscess of the spinal cord itself is very rare. A spinal abscess usually occurs as an epidural abscess . Pus forms as a collection of: Destroyed tissue cells Fluid Live and dead bacteria and other microorganisms White blood cells The pus is commonly covered by a lining or membrane that forms around the edges. The pus collection causes pressure on the spinal cord. The infection is usually due to bacteria. Often it is caused by a staphylococcus infection that spreads through the spine. It may be caused by tuberculosis in some areas of the world, but it is not as common today as it was in the past. In rare cases, the infection may be due to a fungus. The following increase your risk of a spinal cord abscess: Back injuri...
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