The cervical spine (neck region) is one of the most important and agile parts of your body. It begins at the base of the skull and consists of 7 bones separated by intervertebral discs that allow the spine to move freely. The neck has the greatest amount of movement of any area of the spine and is also responsible for protecting the spinal cord and supporting the skull.
Because of its vital function in our everyday lives, injury or disease of the cervical spine is a very serious condition. At Greg S. Khounganian, MD, we specialize in a variety of cervical spine procedures customized to treat your condition.
ANTERIOR DISCECTOMY & FUSION
This surgery removes an intervertebral disc and/or bone spurs that are putting pressure on nerve roots, most often caused by a herniated or degenerated disc.
Cervical deformities can be congenital or a result of trauma, other spine diseases or surgery complications.
As spinal degeneration occurs naturally with age, bone spurs may form and cause the spinal canal to become smaller.
Cervical trauma is a common and treatable condition that usually occurs as a result of falls or motor vehicle accidents.
Disc replacement helps to relieve the same problems as discectomy and fusion, but instead replaces the degenerated disc with an artificial one to act in the same way as the replaced disc.
HERNIATED DISC & DEGENERATION
Intervertebral discs in between the bones of the vertebrae help to cushion the bones and allow for smooth and painless movement.
A cervical laminectomy relieves pressure caused by spinal stenosis. In this procedure, a small section of bone that covers the back of the spinal cord, called the lamina, is removed.
A corpectomy relieves pressure put on the spine due to spinal stenosis. After a small incision is made in the neck, a retractor is used to access the spine.
Cervical vertebral tumors can cause back pain, loss of sensation, muscle weakness and spasms.