Three Medical Benefits of Cervical Fusion

Fusion as well as decompression surgery is considered as the last and best solution for problems related to herniated discs, spurs and pinched nerves. Cervical fusion and lumbar fusion surgeries are performed to improve the condition of back and neck. For reducing the instability and decompression triggered by bulging discs or deteriorating cartilage, a fusion and decompression surgery allows the area of problems to be treated. Bone graft is also added. Then in the process of healing, two or more vertebrae are joined together for protecting as well as stabilizing the cervical area of spine, thus reducing discomfort and pain.

The main goal of cervical fusion surgery is to eliminate excessive motion providing stability to spine by removing damaged and affected discs and replacing them with new bone which would graft together. Reading further you will find out a few reasons why people suffering from spinal problems in the cervical part should consider cervical fusion surgery.

Fusing - a natural process

Successful spinal fusion surgeries aim at joining two or more vertebrae with an objective to promote stability as well as strength in the affected or damaged part of the spine.However, a misconception is there that fusion also occurs at the time of procedure. This is not true. While preparatory work is completed at the time of surgery such as cleaning of tissues and damaged disc and implantation of new bone between the vertebrae among others, it is the fusing of vertebrae which is left for natural healing after surgery. It is this part which makes fusion surgery of spine a successful and long-term solution. When done properly, results of surgery will provide aid to the spine for several years to come.

Quick recovery

This kind of surgery has several advantages to offer. Not only does it make it easy for surgeon to perform it but patient undergoing this procedure also have benefits. In case, the spinal injury or damage is addressed prior to the point of irreversible damage, patients can recover quickly and experience a great relief from pain. As a matter of fact, one of the main advantages of cervical fusion surgery is that patients can leave the hospital within a day or two after surgery.

Anterior approach makes it easy for surgeon

There are two approaches for performing cervical fusion surgery - anterior and posterior. You might be wondering about the difference between these two surgeries. Then why surgeons prefer anterior approach. Decision to choose the right approach is taken after identifying the location of the compressive pathology. On the basis of the problem faced by a patient and how the cervical part of the spine is aligned, spine surgeon will make the right decision.

Above slated are three of many medical benefits of undergoing cervical fusion surgery. The key to achieve successful results, to a great extent, depends on the surgeon you have chosen for the procedure. Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Erik Bendiks is a pioneer when it comes to the treatment of spine, back and neck related problems.