A cervical vertebrectomy is performed when degenerative changes in the cervical spine have resulted in the formation of bone spurs and/or herniated discs. When this happens, the spinal canal narrows, which can result in compressed (pinched) nerves and pain.
In addition to degenerative diseases such as stenosis, vertebrae that have been damaged by trauma, tumors, or deformities may also benefit from a cervical vertebrectomy.
After making a small incision in the patient’s neck, the surgeon will remove the vertebra as well as the disc spaces at either end in order to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. In most cases, the surgeon will then perform a spinal fusion by filling the now-empty space with an implant. This implant fills the space and provides strength and stability.
There are several different types of implants your surgeon may use; which depends on the patient’s individual circumstances. These include: