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When a patient is suffering from mechanical back or neck pain, a posterior cervical spine fusion surgery perhaps recommended to stabilize two or more vertebrae in order to straighten the cervical spine from a spinal deformity.
A patient that requires posterior spinal or neck fusion might be experiencing loss of motion or numbness in their arms and legs. Other symptoms include weakness and constant pain in the neck and back or cervical spine after a fracture.
How does the best Spine Surgeon NYC provide relief?
This procedure is done under general anesthesia, meaning the patient goes to sleep. During the surgery, the patient lies face down on a special surgical bed. The procedure is performed through a small incision on the back of the neck. The surgeon safely creates a window to see the spine.
Unlike in an anterior cervical fusion, there is no place to wedge bone graft so the bone graft is simply laid on top of the lamina. The goal of surgery is for the lamina to eventually fuse. To improve fusion, spinal hardware or wires may be used to hold the graft tightly in place while the fusion heals.
When spinal hardware, or instrumentation, is used to improve the success of a posterior fusion, metal rods or plates are attached to the back of the spin. If the bones do not fuse as planned this is called nonunion or pseudarthrosis. Any spine surgery has surgical risk involved. You need to discuss these with your surgeon.