What is Cervical Spine Fusion?

Category: Surgeries


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
Herniated disk in neck, C5 and C6 28 15
Doctor recommendation 15 9
Neck pain 8 3
Herniated Disc 6 4
Degenerative Disc Disease 4 2
Herniated disc C6 and C7 4 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cervical Spine Fusion

Side effect Patients
Limited range of motion 5
Pain 4
Neck pain 3
Muscle spasms 2
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2
Pain in lower back 2

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Based on patients currently having Cervical Spine Fusion

Dosage Patients
one time 2
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
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Currently having Cervical Spine Fusion

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 3

Stopped having Cervical Spine Fusion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 66
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 21
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 7
Not specified 16
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2 patient evaluations for Cervical Spine Fusion

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Dirty Butter
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Dirty Butter
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 73
Condition: Mitochondrial Myopathy 8 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Mitochondrial Myopathy

See Dirty Butter's full Cervical Spine Fusion history

May 10, 2016 (Started Mar 25, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Herniated Disc)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Degenerative Disc Disease)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I put this surgery off for many years, until the pain was so bad I had no choice. The recuperation was difficult, as I had trouble swallowing and could not talk for several weeks. But I have had only minor neck pain since then. The bones still have not completely healed, so I'm still under the surgeon's care.

  • 1 helpful mark
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
FM:13y Dx
I have:

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
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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