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


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 6
Mild 11
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cervical Spine Fusion

Side effect Patients
Limited range of motion 5
Pain 4
Neck pain 3
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 2
Cervical dystonia (torticollis) 1

Show all 41 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Cervical Spine Fusion

Dosage Patients
one time 4

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
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Duration

Currently having Cervical Spine Fusion

Duration Patients
3-6 months 1
2 years or more 8

Stopped having Cervical Spine Fusion

Duration Patients
0-1 month 59
1-3 months 1
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 2

Adherence


Always
Patients
21
78%
Usually
Patients
1
4%
Sometimes
Patients
2
7%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
3
11%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
8
30%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
8
30%
A little hard to take
Patients
3
11%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
8
30%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
5
19%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
1
4%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
6
22%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
15
56%
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1 patient evaluation for Cervical Spine Fusion

itsnotmummy
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itsnotmummy
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F56y
FM:12y Dx
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See itsnotmummy's full Cervical Spine Fusion history

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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