Hospital San Rafael
Anterior cervical arthrodesis
Arthrodesis is the irreversible fusing of two or more vertebral bones to eliminate back pain and improve patients stability
Anterior cervical arthrodesis is a less invasive procedure than the posterior one. It is performed through an incision in the front of the neck through which the intervertebral disc is replaced by implants or the patient's own bone.
Screw-in plates are used to correct the position of the vertebrae.
Anterior vertebral arthrodesis is performed under general anesthesia and lasts between one and five hours, depending on the difficulty of each case.
Patients should remain in the hospital for at least two or three days after surgery.
BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
Patients should undergo a preliminary test to evaluate the specific characteristics of their intervention.
Furthermore, they must undergo a standard preoperative study that includes blood tests, electrocardiogram, etc.
Also, if they have any chronic illness or regularly take medications, especially anticoagulants, they should inform the surgeon before surgery.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
In general, patients can get up the day after surgery, but they have to be very careful with their movements. They may need a cervical collar for a few days.
For the next two months they must avoid lifting weights, difficult positions, sports, driving, etc.
A correct rehabilitation is very important for the recovery. Spaincares offers patients the opportunity to do so at one of our specialist centres.