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Posterior Cervical Spine Surgery

  • Paul D. Mongan
  • Vikas V. Patel
Chapter

Abstract

Posterior cervical stabilization and fusion with or without decompression is a commonly performed procedure for fracture and/or dislocation of the cervical spine, to stop the progression of spinal deformity, or to decompress the spinal cord and/or nerve roots (tumors, infections, deformity, and stenosis). While fracture repair and nerve root decompressions are usually limited to one or two levels, decompression of the spinal canal for tumors, infections and cervical spinal stenosis can be multilevel procedures (Fig. 29.1)

Keywords

Posterior cervical fusion Posterior Cervical Fusion Cervical pedicle Lateral mass screw indications Decompression 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Colorado HospitalAuroraUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryUniversity of ColoradoDenverUSA

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