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Posterior cervical fusion

Surgery for neck pain

Find out how our orthopaedic surgeons can help to relieve the pain in the back of your neck

About

In addition to a Posterior cervical decompression a fusion can be performed to increase the rigidity of the spine. This ‘scaffold’ will help to keep your spine still, allowing it to heal itself over the next 9 to 12 months.

Need to know

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    The procedure is usually conducted under general anaesthetic, meaning you'll be asleep for the duration. It usually takes between one and two hours. Surgery is performed to release the ‘pinched’ nerves and this time screws and rods (instrumentation) are placed into the vertebrae of the spine at several levels.

    Local bone graft from the surgical area is then harvested and laid on the spine next to the rods and screws. This promotes fusion of the bone. Sometimes the bone graft is taken from the top of your hip or artificial bone graft can be used as well.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will tell you how best to prepare for your surgery.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You will spend around one to three nights in hospital. After surgery you may need to lie flat in bed for a few hours while the anesthetic wears off. The aim will be to get you up and walking as soon as possible after the surgery.The following day you will be mobilised in the morning with the assistance of a physiotherapist or nurse. Each day you will be encouraged to undertake more activities by yourself.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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