Spinal cord injury surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed to fix the spinal cord after it has been damaged from injury or trauma. It aims to provide stability to the spine.
What is it?
Spinal Cord injury surgery is performed to fix the spinal cord after it has been damaged and come unstable from injury or trauma. It aims to stabilize the spinal cord, either immediately after trauma or after waiting to see if other options may work instead. The use of additional hardware, such as plates or screws, are often used in order to stabilize the spine and allow the bone to grow over the damaged areas.
What should I do to prepare?
This surgery may be done in emergency situations, in which case there are no preparations that can be made. If this surgery is not performed in emergency circumstances, you should limit movement in order to keep the spine from damaging further. It is best to consult with your doctor on the best course of the action to prepare for surgery. This surgery often requires the use of general anesthesia, so you should refrain from eating or drinking the night prior to surgery and avoid certain medications.
What happens during the process?
The exact procedure that will be performed depends on the severity of the injury to the spinal cord. Often, an incision will be made, and damaged areas will be removed or realigned. Additional hardware, such as bone grafts, pins, screws, and plates, may then be inserted into the spine to fuse together the vertebrae and stabilize the spine.
What are the risks and potential complications?
This surgery carries potential risks of infection, bleeding, swelling and inflammation, and pain. In severe cases, leaking spinal fluid, spinal cord damage, nerve damage, and paralysis may occur.
All GlobeHealer Site content, including graphics, images, logos, and text, among other materials on the site are for educational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, and you should always contact your physician or qualified health provider for information regarding your health. Information on this site regarding the overview, diagnosis, and treatment of any kind should be looked at, in addition to the advice and information of your health care professional. Do not disregard medical advice or delay seeking treatment or medical advice due to information found on the GlobeHealer site.
If there is even the possibility that you may have a medical emergency, seek treatment, call your doctor, or call your local emergency telephone number immediately. GlobeHealer does not endorse being the first line of communication in case of emergency and does not endorse any specific test, physician, facility, product, procedure, opinion, or other information that is or may be mentioned on this site or affiliated entities. Reliance of any and all information provided by GlobeHealer, its employees, affiliations, others appearing on the Site under the invitation of GlobeHealer, or visitors of the site is solely at your own risk and is not the responsibility of GlobeHealer.