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Cervical Spinal Disk Removal
Spinal discs are located between the vertebrae (blocks of bone) of the spine (expect the upper 2). They act like shock absorbers and are also important in allowing our spines to be flexible. They have a tough outer rim made of strong fibers and a fleshier shock-absorbing tissue in the center. These "shocks" can wear out with routine life activities, age and injuries. They can ...Read more
Are headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion significant or common?
They can be: Headaches are tricky, sometimes they are primarily caused by cervical spine problems, often times they are exacerbated by them, but it is difficult to predict whether surgery will ever help them, except in the case of an obvious c34 disc and radiculopathy with occipital nerve type pain which is mechanical. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Collar: If you are wearing a c collar after surgery, take it off. These often keep the neck in a very uncomfortable position that may cause spasms and headache. Narcotics may also result in muscle tension headaches: Percocet is bad about this. Wean pain meds or try different one (no nsaids as they block bony healing). Some gentle stretching may also help. Discuss with your surgeon if not better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am having terrible headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion? What should I do
If upper level: Fusions, find an interventional pain dr and discuss the possibility of trying some interventional techniques from trigger points to greater and third occipital nerve blocks which may help greatly with these headaches. Headaches after these surgeries can also be related to cervical paraspinal spasms, so make sure your muscles are not contributing and consider further physical therapy. Best of luck! ...Read more
Disc removed & fuse: The cervical disc is removed from the front thru the neck anteriorly along with any bony ridges compressing nerve tissue & the disc space is filled with a piece of bone from a cadaver or from another area in your body(iliac crest) or with a metal or plastic-like spacer(peek) filled with bone with screws thru these devices holding them in or with or without a plate and screws fitted to the spine ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more
I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and plates at c5-c7. My current MRI looks like one of the screws is pulling on spinal cord this possibl?
Artifact: Impossible to say for certain without the images, but metallic objects like screws cause a magnetic susceptibility or "bloom" artifact which obscures or distorts adjacent anatomy. It is not real, it is an artifact due to the interaction of the magnetic field with the screw. This commonly causes the thecal sac/cord to look distorted on MRI. ...Read more
Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more