What is Occipito cervical fusion?

What is Occipito cervical fusion?

This surgical procedure aligns and stabilizes the cervical spine to correct instability at the junction of the spine and skull, which can be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, spinal tumors, and spinal trauma.

How long does it take to recover from posterior cervical fusion?

It may take 4 to 6 weeks to get back to your usual activities. How long it takes depends on what kind of surgery you had. Your doctor may advise you to work with a physiotherapist to strengthen the muscles around your neck and back.

What can go wrong with cervical fusion surgery?

While uncommon, as with all surgery there are a number of risks and potential complications that can occur as a result of a cervical decompression and fusion surgery, including: Hemorrhage or formation of a wound hematoma. Damage to the carotid or vertebral artery resulting in a stroke or excessive bleeding, even death.

What condition causes no neck?

Klippel Feil syndrome (KFS) is a condition affecting the development of the bones in the spine. People with KFS are born with abnormal fusion of at least two spinal bones (vertebrae) in the neck. Common features may include a short neck, low hairline at the back of the head, and restricted movement of the upper spine.

What is the recovery time for cervical spine fusion?

Recovery from cervical fusion depends on a number of factors. As mentioned, the surgery is considered a success when the symptoms are improved, and the bone has healed across the fused vertebrae. This fusion process usually takes two to three months. The activity allowed during that time will depend on the strength of the fusion.

What is occipital cervical fusion?

Occipital Cervical Fusion. This type of fusion is most often requred as a result of atlanto-axial dislocation, spontaneous dislocation, or dislocation as a result of trauma (often following fracture of the dens). It may also be necessary as a method of restoring stability after extensive cervical decompression using a laminectomy.

What is the diagnosis code for cervical fusion?

Fusion of spine, cervical region. M43.22 is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.

What is cervical laminectomy and fusion?

Cervical laminectomy, laminoplasty and posterior cervical fusion are procedures performed in the back of the neck. The incision in the rear of the neck will expose the lamina and facets and allow the surgery to extend down into the thoracic spine. These anatomic areas have great utility for certain conditions.