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A posterior cervical decompression and fusion procedure is used for severe cervical spine cord compression. Patients with severe cord compression frequently start to exhibit balance disturbances, inability to ambulate, numbness and tingling in the upper extremities often times associated with weakness, and decreased ability with fine motor skills such as using a fork or writing with a pen. This procedure is performed on the posterior aspect of the cervical spine and uses instrumentation for stabilization. It is performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots and help stabilize abnormal motion or neck instability. Bone graft is often times placed along the sides of the bones to help fuse or mend together the bones. This procedure is typically performed for severe cord compression or traumatic cervical injuries.
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Prior to surgical intervention patient should go through their home safety checklist. For example, they should arrange frequently used items to make them easily assessible. It’s also recommended that you apply skid-proof strips to floors and make sure lighting is bright.