This surgery involves fusing, or joining, two or more of the bones that make up the upper part of the spine (cervical vertebrae).
Cervical spine fusion is surgery to join two or more of the bones that make up the upper part of the spine (cervical vertebrae), found in the back of the neck.
Screws, rods, and plates are also used to keep the bones in place while the bone grafts heal.
Your healthcare provider may recommend a cervical fusion if:
Prior to surgery, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.
A cervical fusion typically takes several hours. During surgery, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free.
You may spend a few days in the hospital after surgery. However, depending on the nature of your specific condition and health, your surgeon may feel that your surgery can be safely done as an outpatient procedure.
Do not forget to arrange for transportation to and from the facility and help at home.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a cervical spine fusion?
After your surgery, you should know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans. Your surgeon should also let your primary care physician know the details of your surgery and treatment plan.
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