This procedure can be performed through an incision on the front (anterior) or back (posterior) of the neck.
This surgery usually requires a short stay in the hospital. You may need to wear a brace on your neck (cervical collar) during recovery.
Cervical spinal fusion may be done:
Cervical spinal fusion is usually successful in relieving symptoms. But it does not appear to work better than nonsurgical treatment.1 Complications sometimes occur. Repeat surgery is sometimes needed to address complications or recurrence.
Although cervical spinal fusion stiffens part of the neck, this does not reduce neck flexibility for most people.
Surgery and the use of anesthesia involve some risk. The risks associated with this procedure vary depending on your age and overall health, diagnosis, and type of procedure used. Risks include:
Cervical spinal fusion is sometimes used:
Last Revised: August 2, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
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