When conservative medical treatments fail to relieve your neck pain, it may be time to consider a cervical fusion. The surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine relieve the pain and restore spinal stability with a minimally invasive cervical fusion. Don’t wait to learn how this treatment can give you the pain relief you need. Book an appointment by calling one of the nine locations in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar.
Cervical fusion is a surgical procedure to permanently connect two vertebrae in your neck or cervical spine. Fusing two vertebrae eliminates the pain that occurs when the bones move. This procedure also stabilizes your neck.
A cervical fusion may have an impact on your neck’s range of motion, but only if your provider needs to fuse more than two vertebrae. In most cases, even a multilevel fusion seldom affects movement enough to interfere with your normal daily activities.
When you have chronic neck pain, your treatment begins with non-surgical therapies such as immobilization, activity modification, and physical therapy.
If conservative treatments don’t help relieve the pain, your provider at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine may talk with you about a cervical fusion.
You may need a cervical fusion to treat one of the following conditions:
Your provider might recommend surgery to treat the underlying problem followed by a cervical fusion. For example, they may do a discectomy to remove a herniated disc or a decompression procedure to relieve pinched nerves.
In both types of surgery, changes in the spinal structures can lead to instability, so your provider does a cervical fusion to restore optimal support.
During a cervical fusion, your provider removes the existing disc and inserts a bone graft between the vertebrae. A bone graft stimulates new bone growth. As each vertebra grows over the graft, they fuse into one solid bone.
Your bone graft could be a living bone taken from another part of your body or a donor bank. Your provider may also use a spinal fusion cage that’s the same size as your original disc and filled with growth factors.
Most patients can have a cervical fusion using minimally invasive spine surgery. The team at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine routinely perform minimally invasive surgery because it uses a small incision and doesn’t cut the muscles supporting your spine. As a result, patients have less pain and recover faster.
Your provider may use the xvision™ Spine System during your cervical fusion. This cutting-edge device lets them visualize the details of your spine in 3D without needing open surgery.
To get relief from neck pain, schedule an appointment by calling the nearest CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine office.