Cervical Spine Surgery

Cervical disc disease is caused by an abnormality in one or more discs – the cushions that lie between the neck bones (vertebrae). You will be recommended this surgery to relieve neck pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness, restore nerve function and stop or prevent abnormal motion in your neck. The majority of people who undergo cervical spine surgery experience good to excellent results following the surgery. In most of the cases people experience significant relief of pain both in the neck and the radicular pain into the shoulder and arm. The goal of the majority of cervical spine surgery is the successful return to the activities of daily life.

INDICATIONS
Cervical spine surgery can be indicated for a variety of spinal neck problems. Usually, surgery may be performed for the following reasons:
• degenerative disorders,
• trauma or instability

The above conditions may produce pressure on the spinal cord or on the nerves coming from the spine which leads to the surgery.

PRE-PROCEDURE

A cervical spine surgery can last from one to several hours. Depending upon the nature of injury you are suffering from and the treatment you will undergo will determine how long you will need to stay in the hospital. Spine fusions which require the placement of plates and screws usually last much longer than simple discectomies. Patients often feel better immediately after they awake after the surgery. However, strengthening the weakened muscles and soft tissue that surrounds and supports the neck requires a longer-term program of exercise and therapy. Although many patients see and feel immediate benefits just after the surgery.

DURING PROCEDURE

Surgery for cervical disc disease generally involves removing of the disc that is pinching the nerve or pressing on the spinal cord which is called a discectomy. Depending on where the disc is placed your surgeon will remove it by making a small incision either in the front (anterior discectomy) or back (posterior discectomy) of the neck while you will be under general anesthesia. In some cases surgeons may also use a similar technique, microdiscectomy, in which the surgeon removes the disc through a smaller incision using a microscope or other magnifying device.

POST PROCEDURE

The day after your surgery you will be kept under the supervision of a physical therapist you may sit on the edge of the bed and stand with support. You will be wearing some type of cervical brace you return from surgery. You will need to keep this in place unless you will be specifically instructed to remove it by your surgeon. While patients are often encouraged to stand and sit (with assistance if needed) within twenty-four hours post your surgery, walking is approached gradually and in a guided manner to avoid injury and complications. You will be advices to not over-do it the first few times you get up and walk. Your nurse will keep a check on the circulation and motion of your legs and feet. Later your dressing will be removed from your incision and changed by the nurse.

RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS

Though the cervical spine surgery is very safe, it also involves a few risks, including:

  • Chronic neck pain
  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Damage to the nerves, spinal cord, esophagus, or vocal cords
  • Failure to heal

MORE INFO

On an average the cervical spine surgery cost in India can cost $12,000 and can go upto $40,000 approximately. The duration of the treatment is 5 days in hospital 15 days in India. It is always recommended for such a major surgery you must get yourself operated from a reputed institute like Universal Health Help. At Universal Health Help, you can seek consultation from super specialized doctors and get a customized and reasonably priced high quality treatment. Universal Health Help provides you with the best spine surgery hospital in India.

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