What is a Cervical Corpectomy?
A surgical procedure to remove vertebral bone and the intervertebral disc material in the neck.
Anterior Cervical Corpectomy is a surgical procedure in which the vertebral bone and the intervertebral disc material is removed. The procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by stress on the spinal cord and spinal nerves in the neck.
This surgery involves accessing the cervical spine from the front. Due to the amount of vertebral bone or disc material that has to be removed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, spinal fusion is typically needed.
Who needs Cervical Corpectomy?
Anterior Cervical Corpectomy is suggested for patients who have nerve compression in the cervical spine. The nerve compression in the cervical spine causes neck pain, numbness, and weakness in the hands, arms, and shoulders.
This procedure is also suggested for patients who experience symptoms such as pins and needles, tingling, or weakness in the hands and arms. More serious symptoms can be stumbling, loss of balance, and a loss of control of bowel and bladder.
Cervical Corpectomy is recommended only for patients who have gone through conservative treatment but these treatments failed.
This material is intended to give the patient an overview of surgical procedures and treatments and is not intended to replace the advice and guidance of a physician. Always consult with your doctor about the particular risks and benefits of your treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what hospitals are cervical corpectomies performed?
Research Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center
How long a time is anticipated for recovery?
Recovery time is specific for each patient, but your surgeon will have a recovery plan to get you back to normal after the operation. Typically, patients are walking around by the end of the day, and able to return to work in 3-6 weeks, depending on how healed they are and the level of activity involved.