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...
One of the major risks of having spine surgery is the development of an infection. Discitis is an uncommon infection of the spinal disc that can occur after spinal surgery. Because of its rarity, discitis is often not on the minds of doctors. In this world of rushed, inattentive doctors, a person with an infection of the spine can be dismissed as a "common back pain" case when in fact discitis is the culprit.
A 58 year old woman who had years of lumbar pain came to me one and a half years following a complicated lumbar fusion; the surgery was complicated by the fact that the surgeon had to operate twice in order to get the hardware placed correctly. Unfortunately, the surgery did not cure her pain; and she came to me for pain management.
Two months into her treatment with me, she had a severe episode of low back pain after shoveling snow. She went to her primary doctor with not only complaints of worsening back pain, but she also had a fever and an upset stomach. That ...
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