Cervical Fusion Specialist

Indiana Spine Center

Orthopedic Spine Surgeons located in Lafayette, IN

If you're struggling with a cervical spine problem that isn't responding to our conservative spine treatment options, then a cervical fusion surgery may be the right choice for you. At Indiana Spine Center, our board-certified spine surgeons provide specialized, technologically advanced, and cost effective cervical fusions for appropriate candidates living in and around Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, and Logansport.

Cervical Fusion Q & A

What is a cervical fusion?

Cervical fusion is the surgical joining of two or more bones (vertebrae) within your neck. It’s done to resolve symptoms, stabilize the neck, and preserve normal spine anatomy. Sometimes, bone graft or man-made implant is placed between two vertebrae prior to fusing them together. In other cases, a fractured vertebral bone may be removed altogether, and adjacent bones are then fused.

What is the purpose of a cervical fusion?

At Indiana Spine Center, we often perform a cervical fusion after the removal of a diseased or damaged disc (called a discectomy). A cervical fusion may also be used to treat stenosis, metastatic tumors, and spinal deformities.

Are there any risks to cervical fusion surgeries?

Like any surgery, cervical fusion does come with some inherent risks, including pain, bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and complications with anesthesia. However, the overall risk of complications is generally low, especially with good post-operative care, which our integrated team can provide for you. At Indiana Spine Center, our excellence in minimally invasive surgery—which can be used for a cervical fusion—further minimizes the chances of complications.

Can I still move my neck after a fusion?

It’s true that a cervical fusion will reduce the flexibility of a part of your neck, since the procedure is essentially fusing bones together. However, most people find that after healing, they can move their neck without much difficulty.

Immediately following a cervical fusion, we may recommend you wear a neck brace to protect the healing site. You may also be advised to follow “spine precautions,” temporary movement restrictions that help your neck to heal properly.

How do I know if a cervical fusion is right for me?

Our team at Indiana Spine Center, led by Dr. John Gorup and Dr. Mario Brkaric, works closely with each patient to determine the best course of treatment for their spinal health condition. A cervical fusion may be right for you if your symptoms have not improved after conservative management, and if your symptoms extend into your arms, hands, and fingers.

Insurances Accepted

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Sagamore Health Network
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