Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery in Princeton & Staten Island
What is cervical fusion?
Cervical fusion is a type of spinal fusion surgery that specifically targets the cervical region of the spine (neck). The surgery is used to stabilize the cervical region of the spine affected by pathologic instability. This procedure may be considered in order to address the underlying source of neck pain, radiculopathy, and instability. To find out if you’re a good candidate for cervical fusion, contact our Princeton and Staten Island offices of New Jersey Spine Surgeons for a consultation. Our spine doctors have extensive experience performing spinal fusion surgeries to help relieve your pain and restore your mobility.
Why is cervical fusion surgery performed?
Cervical fusion surgery is only considered after other conservative treatments have been explored without success. There are several possible conditions that may cause a person to undergo cervical fusion surgery, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped disc)
- Pinched nerve
- Spinal stenosis
- Foraminal stenosis
- Spinal deformities
- Broken vertebrae
What does cervical spinal fusion involve?
If you are a good candidate for cervical fusion, one of our experienced spine surgeons at New Jersey Spine Surgeons will explain the procedure in detail to you. The surgery is only considered after other conservative treatments have been explored without success.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision at the level of the vertebra(e) to be treated. Once your surgeon has access to the cervical spine, specialized surgical tools will be introduced in order to remove the damaged disc. Once the disc space has been cleared out, the area will be properly prepared for fusion, which will include making sure that the openings are large enough to ensure decompression of any pinched nerves. An implant will then be introduced to the disc space for structural support. Next, this space will be filled with bone graft material. This helps new bone to form and eventually fuse together following surgery. Last, hardware will be inserted to stabilize the spine while the treated area heals, in order to strengthen the stabilization.
If you are interested in learning more about cervical fusion or other treatment options, the first step is scheduling an evaluation with an experienced spine specialist. At New Jersey Spine Surgeons, we are dedicated to the preservation of motion and function through the latest minimally invasive spine procedures and treatments. Call (844)-7-NJSPINE today or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation at our Princeton and Staten Island offices.