Minggu, 18 Maret 2012

Surgery for Cervical Spondylosis

People who have neck pain won't usually resort to surgery just to take away their pain. You might consider other interventions such as spa, massage or herbal medicines, but never surgery. Cervical spondylosis and its treatments are usually tagged as simple and practical. Since the symptoms are very common, people tend to think the treatment is also the same, simple and practical. However, this is not always true.

Cervical spondylosis is a chronic condition although in most cases, it does not end up to the severe stage. When there is an occurrence of spinal stenosis as a symptom, surgery is usually required. Surgery is done to eliminate the root of the tension on your nerves and spinal cord. It may also contain accumulating stabilization in the form of implants or through the vertebrae's union. Oftentimes, surgery is only considered when the physical and motor functions are rigorously lost. If you are feeling numbness in your upper and lower extremities, for example, surgery may be considered. Functional disability which may be permanent may be caused by any kind of compression of your spinal cord including several complications of cervical spondylosis such as radiculopathy and stenosis.

Your surgeon has the option of approaching the spine anteriorly (front) or posteriorly (back). To eliminate the spurs and discs which cause pressure, front approach is usually used. The disc can be changed with an implant which can do the same function as the original intervertebral disc. A wider surgery is needed for the elimination of both parts of the vertebrae and discs. Bone implants or bone grafts are used to substitute these parts.

Back or posterior approach to the spinal cord would be used to execute a laminoplasty or a laminectomy. The spinous processes and the lamina along with the back parts of the neck's backbone are removed during a laminectomy. In laminoplasty on the other hand, the backbone is incised on one side but it remained in place. These two procedures can alleviate pressure or tension in your spinal cord.

Like with other surgeries, surgical treatment for treating cervical spondylosis also has risks for developing different complications. This can be associated with the use of general anesthesia or the development of an infection. Rehabilitation programs usually follow after the surgery.

Cervical spondylosis is a very common ailment and has a very common symptom. However, the effects of its symptoms and its duration can give you a really hard time doing your usual stuffs. Before considering a surgical treatment, try first other conventional and non-surgical treatments that are available to you. You must also seek for an advice and approval from your doctor. Surgery is not only terrifying, but also expensive. You might be free from crying due to pain after surgery, but your budget might be weeping because of the expenses you've made for the procedure. The best thing is prevention. Prevent it until you can.