What is Cervical Spine Fusion?

Category: Surgeries

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This neurosurgical procedure is performed to relieve the pressure on one or more nerve roots, or on the spinal cord. It involves the stabilization of two or more vertebrae by locking (fusing) them together. The seven cervical (neck) vertebrae are numbered C1 to C7.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Doctor recommendation 18 11
Neck pain 13 4
Herniated disc 7 4
Spinal stenosis 5 1
Degenerative disc disease 4 2

Show all 37 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 9
Mild 12
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cervical Spine Fusion

Side effect Patients
Pain 7
Limited range of motion 5
Neck pain 3
Migraine headaches 2
Muscle spasms 2
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2

Show all 46 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Cervical Spine Fusion

Dosage Patients
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Cervical Spine Fusion

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 1
See all 87 patients who've stopped having Cervical Spine Fusion

Duration

Currently having Cervical Spine Fusion

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped having Cervical Spine Fusion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 83
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 8
Not specified 17
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1 patient evaluation for Cervical Spine Fusion

Dec 7, 2008 (Started Dec 07, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nerve damage)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: i was involved in an insident less than a month after surgery that bluntly gard my head and neck, doctor blew me off because i had no medical coverage.
Side effects: nerve damage

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