Cervical Spondylosis Surgery aims to decompress the nerve tissue and stabilize the spine to relieve pain.
What is it?
Cervical Spondylosis Surgery is a procedure performed to stabilize the cervical spine and remove compression from the nerve tissue. This surgery is often resorted to after different treatments have failed.
What should I do to prepare?
Your doctor may recommend trying different types of therapies before surgery to try and help the compression. You should discuss the best preparation plan for treatment with your doctor. This procedure requires the use of general anesthesia, and general preparation guidelines should be followed for procedures requiring anesthesia, including refraining from food or drink the night prior to surgery and avoiding certain medications
What happens during the process?
There are several different approaches that can be taken to this surgery, including an anterior approach, posterior approach, or a combined approach. Regardless of the approach, an incision will be made and work will be performed on the spine in order to relieve the spinal cord and nerve compression. The spine will then be reconstructed by placing bone between the affected areas, causing a spinal fusion to be performed. The use of additional hardware to further stabilize the spine may also be required.
What are the risks and potential complications?
There are some common mild complications that occur following surgery including dysphagia and pain. More rare and severe complications may include paralysis, numbness, the feeling of tingling, heart attack, and stroke.
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