What is a Cervical Posterior Fusion?
The back is a strong but delicate body part in which the vertebrae serve to protect the spinal cord through intervertebral discs and facet joints.
Unfortunately, compression and continued stress can lead to neck pain as well as brachialgia pains in the arms. Cervical posterior fusion sets out to treat this condition while also preventing further wear and tear on the neck and back.
Why is a Cervical Posterior Fusion Performed?
Back and neck problems can affect men and women but, while those issues can occur at any stage, most candidates for cervical posterior fusion operations are between the ages of 40 and 70. Most people that are advised to have cervical posterior fusion treatments will suffer from one or more of the following issues:
- Nerve root or spinal cord compression caused by a vertebrae
- Neck pain caused by spinal wear and tear
- Spinal fractures, infections, or tumors
- Brachialgia symptoms
How is a Cervical Posterior Fusion Performed?
During the treatment, Dr. Callewart will fuse sections of the spine together by using metal rods and screws. This reinforcement stops the compressions from causing as much pain or discomfort.
Once the metalwork is in place to keep things in position, the bones will naturally fuse over a course of 9-12 months. With that said, the benefits can be felt right away due to the rods and screws being in place to support the back.
What Should I Expect After a Cervical Posterior Fusion?
This type of spinal fusion offers several benefits, but pain relief is the major advantage. Patients regularly report a pain reduction of 30% in the neck and up to 70% in relation to brachialgia. The reduced pain can bring a range of benefits to improve a patient’s quality of life. They include:
- Increased movement.
- Ability to enjoy life without being distracted by pain.
- Play a more active role with children.
- Improved sleep patterns.
- Improved mental health due to physical benefits.
Furthermore, it can be a great way to reduce or potentially remove the need for painkillers and other daily medications. For those reasons, it can be a truly life-changing treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cervical Posterior Fusion
1. How long does a cervical posterior fusion take?
Usually the procedure takes around 1-2 hours, though it can take upwards of 3 to 4 hours.