Cervical discectomy

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Removal of a neck vertebra with front access with stabilisation

What the procedure entails

The objective of the operation is the removal of a diseased cervical disc along with components of the vertebrae that press on the vertebra and/ or the core nerve roots along with the disc hernia. The procedure is carried out under control with an x-ray unit with front access between the large vessels of the neck and the larynx, trachea and oesophagus. After the stress on the nervous structures is relived, an implant is placed in place of the disc filled with bone material in order to achieve a solidification between the vertebrae. The implant is responsible for initial stabilisation of the level and prevention of the collapse of intercorporeal space. In selected cases, it is necessary to use further components for stabilisation, such as plates bolted to the vertebra bodies.

Standard length of stay at the clinic

Two days

Anaesthesia type

General endotracheal anaesthesia

How to prepare for the treatment

Basic blood test: blood type and Rh factor, blood properties, basic biochemical examination (sodium, potassium, urea, creatinin, glucose), clotting system (APTT, INR), ECG, general x-ray image of the chest. Other tests or specialist consultations depending on the current condition of the patient, their fundamental disease and co-existing diseases (e. g. level of specific hormones, general urine test, cardiological consultation). The consultation with the anaesthesiologist is carried out a few days before the operation, upon request of the head doctor, or, if no such need, on the day of admission to the clinic.

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M.D. Ph.D. Krzysztof Rzewuski
Specialist in neurosurgery
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Surgery of the spine

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