I have a neck injury from work and my doctor says I need a Cervical Spinal Fusion. What does this mean?
Cervical spinal fusion (AKA arthrodesis) is a surgery that joins selected bones in the neck. It is usually performed after an injury to stabilize the neck and prevent bone fracture from causing damage to the spinal cord, or as a follow-up procedure to treat the effects of an infection or a tumor. There are different methods your doctor may use when performing a cervical spinal fusion:
- Bones can be taken from different places in your body or obtained from a bone bank. This procedure is called a bone graft, which stimulates the growth of new bone. Man-made fusion materials can also be used.
- Metal implants can be used to hold the vertebrae together until new bone grows between them.
- Metal plates can be screwed into the bone, joining vertebrae that are next to each other.
- An entire vertebra can be removed and the one next to it fused.
- A spinal disc can be removed and the vertebrae next to it fused.
This procedure can be done through an incision on the front or back of the neck. If your doctor has examined you after a neck injury and believes you may need a Cervical Spinal Fusion, the surgery may help you feel better faster.
If you have sustained a neck injury from a workplace accident, you may be entitled to NJ workers’ compensation benefits. It is important to contact your local workers’ comp attorney today to start building your case. Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. has over twenty years of experience representing work related neck injury cases. Don’t delay; call us today at (973) 285-1100 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.
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