Do you or someone you know suffer from spondylolisthesis in the cervical spine? If so, you might be wondering about the available treatment options. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to help alleviate symptoms and improve spinal stability. But what exactly is cervical spine surgery, and how does it help with spondylolisthesis? Let’s take a closer look.
What is Cervical Spine Surgery?
Cervical spine surgery is a procedure that involves the removal of one or more vertebral bodies to relieve nerve compression and/or improve spinal stability. Depending on the extent of the slip, the procedure may involve a single-level or multi-level fusion, where two or more vertebral bodies are fused together to provide stability.
How Does Cervical Spine Surgery Help with Spondylolisthesis?
Cervical spine surgery can be an effective way to alleviate symptoms and improve spinal stability in cases of spondylolisthesis in the neck. By removing the slipping vertebral body, pressure on the spinal nerves is relieved, reducing pain, weakness, and/or numbness. In addition, the fusion helps to provide stability to the affected area, reducing the risk of further slipping and symptoms.
What Should You Expect After Cervical Spine Surgery?
After cervical spine surgery, you can expect to experience some pain and discomfort in the affected area. This is normal and can be managed with pain medication. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help improve strength and flexibility in the neck and upper back. Full recovery can take several months, but most patients experience significant improvement in their symptoms within the first few weeks after surgery.
Cervical spine surgery can be a life-changing procedure for those suffering from spondylolisthesis in the neck. By relieving nerve compression and improving spinal stability, it can help reduce pain, weakness, and/or numbness and improve overall quality of life. If you or someone you know is considering this procedure, it’s important to speak with a qualified spine specialist to determine if it’s the right choice for you.