What is Cervical Spine Surgery?
Your orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon may advise cervical spine surgery to relieve neck pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness, restore nerve function and stop or stop abnormal motion in your neck.
The bone graft may be one of two types: an autograft or an allograft. Sometimes metal plates and screws are also used to further steady the spine. These methods are called instrumentation. When the vertebrae have been surgically stabilized, an abnormal motion is stopped and the function is restored to the spinal nerves. An alternative to spinal fusion is a cervical disc replacement using an artificial disc that allows neck motion and stabilizes the spine.