Degenerative changes within and around the intervertebral spinal discs, joints and cervical spine are the key reasons for neck pain in current times. Moreover, people are suffering from severe neck and back oriented issues such as:
Most of the patients undergo conservative treatment where the neck pain can be managed to a tolerable extent with the help of different way namely,
In case the conservative treatment fails to treat this issue, then in such a case cervical corpectomy is performed.
There are seven cervical vertebra and six cervical disks in between them. These cervical discs provide cushioning when the vertebra rubs against each other during movement. The discs are made of flexible layer of cartilage which is tough. In has a soft interior called nucleus pup. This nucleus absorbs the shock.
When there is too much pressure on the spinal cord, corpectomy is performed and the degenerated vertebra is replaced with a bone graft .
A cervical fusion is performed after the vertebral body is removed. A bone graft is taken from either the pelvis or leg or from a donor and then used to hold the remaining vertebra in place. With the healing of the graft the vertebrae fuses.
A cervical spine fusion is performed:
In cervical corpectomy procedure the vertebral bodies and the discs between each injured vertebra are removed. In cervical spine this is done from the front. An incision is made next to the trachea and the spine is carefully reached. Using an X- ray the disc and vertebra are identified. Along with the damaged vertebra and disc any bone spurs protruding beyond and causing pain and compression on the nerves are removed .Care is taken not to injure the blood vessels , nerve roots and spinal cord.
Approximately 9%-11% of males and 5%-6% of females have severe cervical problems.
The patient is admitted 1 day prior to surgery. Post surgery, the patients needs to stay for 3 to 5 days.
The following are the symptoms that indicate the need for cervical corpectomy:
The following are the indications for Cervical Corpectomy:
Cervical corpectomy is not advised to patients in following conditions -
Every surgery has some chances of facing some complications. In cervical corpectomy spine surgery, the patients may face following conditions sometimes.
Following things should be kept in mind for faster recovery