What Is a Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion?This procedure is used to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. This procedure is performed from the front of the neck and is used to treat a certain type of cervical spinal stenosis. Usually the compression involves compression of the spinal cord and not just individual nerves. This procedure is performed by removing disc material in the neck and a part of the vertebra. This procedure then uses a cage, which is filled with bone graft and a plate to secure it to the spine. When is a Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion Necessary?This procedure is one of many options for patients who are suffering from cervical spinal stenosis. Cervical spinal stenosis symptoms include:
- Weakness in the arms and hands
- Tingling sensations in the neck, shoulder, arms, or hands
- Numbness in the arms
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Problems with bladder and bowel function
What Is Recovery From Cervical Corpectomy Like?This is usually an overnight stay in the hospital, but may require two days. There is no bed rest after surgery, you are encouraged to walk after the operation. A collar will be provided for support, but can be removed for eating and bathing/showering. You will typically be able to return to work after a period of 4-6 weeks, depending on the type of work you do. People who work in administrative type roles or who work at a desk can start working from home as early as 3 weeks. For patients who are involved in more labor intensive work environments, the time off from work will be greater. Return to work is largely dependent on the healing process. There are follow up visits with Dr. Zahir at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year.