Hybrid cervical spine surgery is an innovative procedure that combines the stability of a traditional spinal fusion with the mobility granted with an artificial disc replacement. Created to resolve the pain and tingling/numbness associated with disc disease, the spinal surgeons at Virginia Spine Institute were the first in the Nation to perform this surgery.
Patients suffering from a combination of herniated and degenerative discs in the neck will benefit from hybrid cervical spine surgery.
WHY THIS SURGERY?
Recovery from hybrid cervical spine surgery has been known to be faster, with a reduced amount of post-surgical pain.
Learn if you are a candidate for this treatment.
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 damage to other discs and joints.
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.
- Artificial disc placed at the top of the patient’s neck (C3-4).
- The next level (C4-5) was healthy and left un-operated.
- The following level (C5-6), which was severely unstable and degenerative, therefore was fused.
- The lowest level (C6-7), which contained a herniated disc, received an artificial disc.
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