Spinal Reconstruction Surgery

Successful reconstructive spine surgery requires a highly experienced and qualified surgeon.

Complex Spinal Reconstruction is only used to treat the most severe spine problems and should be performed by a highly trained, experienced surgeon.

Spine surgery or reconstructive spine surgery is only recommended when traditional therapy has failed and minimally invasive surgery will not solve the problem.

Patients who are candidates for reconstructive spine surgery generally suffer from complex spine conditions resulting from scoliosis, spinal deformities, fractures, tumors, or severe degenerative disc disorder.

Reconstructive spine surgery should only be performed by the most experienced spine surgeon because of the unique pathology of each case. Compared to minimally invasive surgery, complex spine surgery has much greater variability during the procedure creating a higher risk of complications.

Dr Baker's many years of experience and elite level of expertise make him the perfect choice for spinal reconstruction surgery.

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    Is Spinal Reconstruction Surgery right for me?

    Although only your doctor can tell you if Spinal Reconstruction Surgery is the right treatment plan for you, you might be a qualifying candidate if:

    • You are experiencing pain from scoliosis, severe degenerative disc disease, spinal deformities, or spinal tumors
    • You suffer from co-occurring disorders such as scoliosis paired with degenerative disc disease
    • You have tried other treatment options like (but not limited to) physical therapy, bracing, or even minimally invasive surgery without success
    • Your diagnosis calls for surgery across more than 3 spinal segments
    • You have failed back surgery syndrome from previous spine surgery and your pain or symptoms are worsening

    Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

    Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

    ACDF or Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion is a minimally invasive neck procedure where a degenerative or herniated disc is removed from the neck. After the disc is removed, a graft is used to fuse the two vertebrae above and below the damaged disc.

    Explaining the ACDF Acronym

    A stands for Anterior – This procedure is done from the front or anterior part of the body. In ACDF surgery, a small, minimally-invasive incision is made in the front of the neck.

    C stands for Cervical – The cervical spine consists of the top 7 vertebrae (C1-C7) which is most commonly referred to as the neck.

    D stands for Discectomy – A discectomy means to cut out, or remove the disc. A discectomy can be performed anywhere on the spine.

    F stands for Fusion – The final stage of the procedure involves inserting a bone graft to replace the empty space caused by the missing disc and fusing the two vertebrae together for stability.

    Frequently Asked Questions about
    Spinal Reconstruction Surgery

    How long is the Recovery Time for Reconstructive Spine Surgery?

    Although the recovery time will depend on the extent of your surgery and your general health before the procedure, you should expect to need some downtime and rest immediately following the surgery.

    Reconstructive Spine Surgery is usually done in a hospital rather than a surgery center because some procedures can require a few days stay. Patients generally feel some pain after the surgery and during recovery. The pain will subside and most patients report happiness with the results within just a few short months.

    What Considerations Should be Taken in the Healing Process?

    • You will likely wear a supportive brace.
    • You should not lift heavy objects.
    • You will be advised not to drive until cleared by your surgeon.
    • You will be prescribed physical therapy which will start with very slow movements and walking.
    • You might be prescribed medication to ease any pain.

    What are Some of the Possible Complications from Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion?

    Some of the most common complications following Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion include:

    • Anesthesia risk
    • Thrombophlebitis
    • Infection
    • Nerve damage
    • Problems with the graft- nonunion
    • Recurring pain
    • Intermittent difficulty swallowing, the following surgery but this usually resolves over the first few weeks.
    • The nerve to the voice box can be injured during surgery with the nerve being stretched causing the patient to be hoarse for a few days or weeks after surgery. In rare cases, if the nerve is actually cut, patients may have residual problems of hoarseness and voice fatigue.
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