Your contact partners
in this area:
Prof. <br /> Dr. med. habil.<br /> Georg Matziolis
Dr. med. habil.
Georg Matziolis

Senior Consultant of the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery

Acting holder of the Chair for Orthopaedics of the FSU Jena at the Waldkrankenhaus Eisenberg

036691 8-1002

Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Patrick Strube
Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Patrick Strube

Head of department spinal column

Specialist for othopaedics and accident surgery

Specialist Registrar's Office
Gabi Geier

036691 8-1439

Cervical decompression and fusion

A decompressing and fusing treatment option for slipped discs and bony stenosis of the cervical spine. The main indications for decompression and fusion are root irritation syndromes with one-sided or bilateral arm pain, potential or existing damage to the cervical spinal cord and instabilities.

If conservative treatment fails to resolve the problem, or if neurological deficits are increasing and there is evidence of compression on MRI scan, surgery is indicated. The operation is performed with the patient lying on their back. Following an approximately 3 cm long skin incision, the area is prepared to the right of the mid-line. Preparation is carried out without any sharp instruments. The blood vessels are moved to the side, while the trachea and oesophagus are moved to the middle.

The disc compartment is evacuated under the microscope. The rear longitudinal ligament, the disc prolapse and bony narrowings are removed. The size of the placeholder is determined using a sample implant. The final cage is then inserted. This is filled with bone harvested from the removed bone material or using bone shavings taken via a minimally invasive procedure from the iliac crest.

The cervical spine needs to be immobilised with an orthosis for around two to three weeks. The patient is able to stand up the following day. The in-patient stay to be expected for this procedure is around five days.

Deutsches Zentrum für Orthopädie: Wirbelsäulenerkrankungen

In unserer Wirbelsäulensprechstunde beraten und betreuen wir Menschen mit Muskelverspannungen durch Fehlbelastung, Skeletterkrankungen (z.B. Osteoporose) und Abnutzungserscheinungen der Wirbelsäule oder Bandscheiben.
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