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Hybrid Cervical Spine Surgery

A Dual Procedure with the Most Effective Outcome

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.

Conditions That Benefit From Hybrid Cervical Spine Surgery

Benefits of Hybrid Cervical Spine Surgery

  • Motion preservation
  • Improved surgical outcomes
  • Restores proper height lost from degenerative disc
  • Able to use 2 different devices to give the patient the best outcome

Hybrid Cervical Spine Surgery FAQ

What is Hybrid Cervical Spine Surgery?

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.

What are the Advantages Associated with Hybrid Cervical Spine Surgery?

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.

How is the Hybrid Cervical Spine Surgery Performed?

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.

Is the Hybrid Surgery a Longer Hospital Stay Than a Cervical Fusion or ACDR?

No, the typical hospitalization for any anterior cervical procedure is one overnight stay in the hospital.

Do I Have Limitations Following Surgery?

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.

Meet Our Spinal Surgeons

Dr. Thomas Schuler

Spine Surgeon
Founder of Virginia Spine Institute
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Christopher Good

Spine Surgeon
President of Virginia Spine Institute

Dr. Colin Haines

Spine Surgeon
Director of Research

Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Spine Surgeon

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