Hybrid Cervical spine surgery is an innovative surgical technique option for patients that need more than one degenerative disc level treated. This procedure joins the stability of a spinal fusion with the mobility of a cervical disc replacement. The surgeons at the Virginia Spine Institute were the first in the Nation to perform this surgery.
This modern treatment is focused to resolve pain, numbness, or tingling in your neck or arms and get back your quality of life.
Hybrid cervical spine surgery treats multiple levels of disc disease within the neck by utilizing a combination of Artificial Disc Replacement and Spinal Fusion technology.
Artificial discs are used to replace herniated discs that cause pressure on the spinal cord, while spinal fusions are implemented when degenerative discs cause instability within the neck.
As a minimally invasive procedure, the ultimate goal of hybrid cervical spine surgery is to preserve normal motion and function of the neck, while maintaining stability.
Additionally, this surgery decreases stress on nearby healthy discs, reducing stress to other discs and joints.
Your surgeon will make a small incision on the front of your neck to access the cervical spine. Next, the degenerative disc is removed and the surface of the vertebral body is cleared of surrounding debris. Removal of the diseased disc and surrounding debris relieves the pressure on the surrounding nerves and spinal cord. Next the interbody device, either fusion implant or disc replacement, is placed.
No, the typical hospitalization for any anterior cervical procedure is one overnight stay in the hospital.
One component of a hybrid surgery is cervical spinal fusion therefore we do have you follow typical post-fusion protocol which includes significant lifting but will go into further detail during your pre-operative appointment.
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Reviewed by: Dr. Christopher Good, MD, FACS.