You try almost everything to avoid invasive treatments, surgery is always the last resort. Even as doctors we try our best to address your issue in the most effective, non invasive way. But many a times it is too late to treat a condition with medication and therapy and if the condition left untreated could pose as a threat to your life, leaving us with no other option than a surgery. Specially for neurosurgical conditions, surgery is last on our list, but it is, because conditions do regress and the only way to treat them would be surgery. What we are looking at is cervical spine surgery, which is the surgery of the neck. Read on to know more about it.
What is Cervical Spine Surgery? How is the surgery performed?
A cervical spine surgery is performed to relieve neck pain, numbness, tingling and weakness by restoring nerve function and stopping or preventing abnormal motion in your neck.
Given below are a few kinds of surgeries for different conditions,
- Cervical spinal fusion: A disc or a bone is removed and fused with the vertebrae together with a bone graft either in front of or behind the spine. The bone graft may be one of two types: An autograft (bone taken from your body) and an allograft (donor bone from a bone bank). Metal plates and screws could also be used to further stabilize the spine.
- Cervical disc replacement : This procedure is an alternative to the procedure of fusion, it uses an artificial disc that enables neck motion and stabilizes the spine. This is the most recent advancement in cervical spine surgery which removes the offending disc and preserves cervical range of motion. It is highly recommended for young individuals especially from software/deskjob professionals.
- Anterior cervical discectomy: This procedure is performed to relieve neck pain caused by a nerve-pinching herniated disk, anteriorly meaning in front side of neck.
- Laminectomy: This procedure is performed to relieve pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord, posteriorly meaning on the back of neck.
- Laminoplasty: This procedure create more room for the spinal cord within the spinal canal for people suffering from stenosis.
What kind of conditions could lead to a cervical spine surgery?
Cervical spine surgery is recommended for a variety of spinal neck problems. The conditions that may produce pressure on the spinal cord or on the nerves coming from the spine, like,
- Degenerative Disc Disease: The discs or cushion pads between your vertebrae shrink, leading to herniation. There could be arthritic areas in your spine, which is a form of degeneration that causes pain, numbness, tingling and weakness from the pressure on the spinal nerves.
- Cervical Deformity: Deformity in the cervical spine like hyperlordosis or swan neck deformity, can be treated with a surgery to straighten and stabilize the spine.
- Upper neck disorders: Craniocervical or craniovertebral junction abnormalities can affect the cervical spine making the neck vulnerable to injuries like fracture or dislocation of the cervical vertebra. Worsened condition would need a surgery to fix the damage.
With all procedures, a few risks are attached. Neck surgery is rare, but if it is recommended to you, it is important for you to make informed decisions to get the best outcome. We at Sunshine walk you through the entire procedure, informing you about every minute possible thing you could face. We strive to serve you in the best possible way so that you are on the road to recovery in no time.
About the Doctor:
Dr. Naveen is an expert in treating patients with brain tumor and complex spinal surgeries. He is one of the Best Neurosurgeons in Hyderabad and is sought after for some of the most delicate and complicated brain and Spine Surgeries.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man.