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What does it mean to have cervical artificial disc surgery?

What does it mean to have cervical artificial disc surgery?

In place of a fusion: This is done in place of a fusion to maintain the motion at that level of the spine in the hopes of preventing the adjacent disc levels from getting too much stress on them leading to degeneration with possible disc herniation and/or spinal stenosis developing at those disc levels. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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What does it mean to have cervical spine surgery?

What does it mean to have cervical spine surgery?

On the neck: The cervical spine is the neck area. Common cervical spine operations address disk problems, nerve pressure or irritation, spinal cord problems. Other problems are tumors, infections, broken bones. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an anterior cervical discectomy fusion?

What does it mean to have an anterior cervical discectomy fusion?

Joining bones: A fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. For this, the approach is from the front removing the intervening disc & replacing it with a piece of bone or a metal v plastic like cage filled with bone that may be secured with screws or plate & screws or no instrumentation. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical laminectomy?

See below: To remove the posterior portion of the spinal canal in the neck region to reduce pressure or compression on the spinal cord itself. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical spinal stenosis?

What does it mean to have cervical spinal stenosis?

Narrowing: Stenosis can be central, narrowing of the canal formed by the bony arch of the vertebrae that the spinal cord hangs in. Or it can be narrowing of the openings to the sides that the spinal nerves exit between the vertebrae. This can be caused by hypertrophy or thickening of the bony parts or the ligament along the back of the vertebral bodies or the discs pushing into the spaces or a combination. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have degenerative disc syndrome?

What does it mean to have degenerative disc syndrome?

Let's see: Between each vertebral body is a cushion called an intervertebral disc. These act as so-called shock absorbers to the spine. With aging and with overuse and with trauma and for unknown reasons, these disc lose their elasticity, stamina and durability and deteriorate. This can place stresses on the spine (cervical, thoracic & lumbar) and cause a myriad of symptoms and problems. They wear out! ...Read more

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What does it mean to have advanced spinal stenosis?

What does it mean to have advanced spinal stenosis?

Depends: They, the person completing the dictation on your imaging study might be referring to "advanced" in comparison to your age. Alternatively, it might also mean that your stenosis (narrowing of the signal canal) is severe. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have percutaneous thoracic discectomy?

What does it mean to have percutaneous thoracic discectomy?

Cool way to operate: Minimally invasive way to remove a portion of a herniated disc in the mid back region. I found a great website with explanation and quote part below in comments. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a spinal fusion?

What does it mean to have a spinal fusion?

Joining bones: A spinal fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical cord compression?

What does it mean to have cervical cord compression?

It literally means : That there is something pressing on spinal cord in neck or cervical region that may or may not cause symptoms or physical findings. This compression can be due to: degenerative changes, disc herniation, tumor, fracture, infection or hematoma ( blood clot) or spinal deformity. Sometimes there may be no symptoms but there may be changes in the spinal cord on imaging that may need to be addressed. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an artificial hip?

What does it mean to have an artificial hip?

Total hip replace: When arthritis is severe in the hip ( no cartilage between bones) and/or causes constant intense pain and lack of function, or when there is other pathology (disease) that requieres to remove the afected part of the hip then total hip replacement is indicated. Artificial hips are made of titanium and requires some sort of biological " cement" to put in . Plastic, screws, plates may be required. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a cervical fracture?

What does it mean to have a cervical fracture?

Depends on location: Fractures of the cervical spine are the result of severe trauma to the neck and treatment varies with the location of the fracture in the vertebra; the presence or absence of injury to other structures especially the spinal cord. These need a complete evaluation including cat scans; dynamic films etc before any treatment can be decided. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have degenerative arthritis?

What does it mean to have degenerative arthritis?

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is characterized by degeneration of cartilage (and later, bone) that affects how a joint moves and tolerates loads and stresses. Advancing age and trauma worsen the degeneration. In weight bearing joints, obesity also accelerates the progression. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervicothoracic scoliosis?

What does it mean to have cervicothoracic scoliosis?

Curve in spine: Cervical is neck. Thoracic is chest. Lumbar is lower back. Cervicothoracic scoliosis means there is a curve in the chest and neck part of the spine. The next information needed is the angle of the curve. Scoliosis can be a minor or a major issue depending on the severity of the curve. Learning good body mechanics and stretches can keep discomfort (muscular) to a minimun. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

PLIF procedure: A posterior lumbar interbody fusion (plif) is a procedure in which an unstable lumbar segment is fused in conjunction with a decompressive laminectomy. As part of the fusion, bone grafting (often with a cage device) is placed into the disc space to allow for fusion, but also helps re-align the segment. It can be performed with open and minimal invasive techniques. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have congenital spinal stenosis?

What does it mean to have congenital spinal stenosis?

Small spinal canal: The size of spinal canal varies person to person born with a small spinal canal I use this term when i see liitle room for nerves but no obvious single impinging structure also called short pedicle syndrome very arbitrary. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a hip replacement?

What does it mean to have a hip replacement?

An artificial hip: The hip joint consists of a ball and socket formed of bone and cartilage. The diseased bone is removed and a new ball and socket, usually made out of metal and plastic is inserted surgically. The new hip, while mechanical, works in a manner very close to a normal hip joint. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a ruptured disk?

What does it mean to have a ruptured disk?

Varies: Usually this means that the disk material has moved out of it normal surrounding into the adjacent tissues. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have laminectomy for spinal tumor excision?

See below: To remove the posterior portion on the arch of the spinal canal to reduce pressure or compression on the cord itself. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a posterolateral fusion of the lumbar spine?

What does it mean to have a posterolateral fusion of the lumbar spine?

See below : A posterolateral lumbar fusion involves fusing the spine over the transverse processes and the lateral aspect if the facets. Check out spine-health.Com for videos and more information. ...Read more

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