SPINAL SURGERY

in Hull and East Yorkshire

GEORGE SPINK FRCS (Neurosurg.) BSc Hons

 

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 CERVICAL STABILISATION 

Anterior Cervical Plates or Posterior Lateral Mass Plates

Certain conditions require decompression and stabilisation. In neck surgery this could involve either an anterior cervical plate or posterior cervical screws and rods (a bit like putting scaffolding around the spine to hold the bones together).

These additional procedures slightly increase the overall risk of the procedure, with an additional risk that the construct (the plates, screws and rods) may fail and may require further surgery to fix.

Patients who undergo a cervical stabilisation operation usually need to wear a collar for 4 -6 weeks after the surgery. This helps the bones heal and improves the strength and longevity of the fixation. Long-term fusion rates are also improved if the patient doesn’t smoke during this period.

 

 ANTERIOR CERVICAL PLATE (OSMIUM)

 POSTERIOR LATERAL MASS PLATE (VERTEX)