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Corpectomy 101

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Your spine is made up of a series of irregular bones, known as vertebrae. Each vertebra has a body, made up of several parts, which include the bone, spongy tissue, and a hard outer protective bone. In some cases, the vertebral body can become damaged, necessitating a procedure called corpectomy.

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A corpectomy is a surgical procedure that alleviates pressure on the spinal cord and nerves by removing a portion of the vertebral body of one of the vertebrae of your spine. Once the vertebral body has been removed, it must be replaced by a bone graft, which is made from bone taken from another part of the body. This keeps the spine supported and prevents the neighboring vertebrae from becoming compacted. The bone graft will enable new bone to grow where the vertebral body used to be. Additional instruments, such as plating and screws, may be employed to keep the vertebrae in place.

Conditions that may require corpectomy include:

  • Spinal fracture
  • Infection
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Other degenerative spinal conditions

To determine whether your symptoms are being caused by one of these conditions, an x-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan may be performed. Once diagnosed, your spine care specialist will work with you to determine whether corpectomy is an appropriate procedure for you based on your condition, age, medical history, and other factors.


Corpectomy and the subsequent plan of recovery your doctor prescribes will vary depending on your unique situation. For this reason, hospital stay and recovery time after corpectomy will vary for each patient. Consult with a Spine Care NJ specialist to determine if corpectomy is the answer to your spinal symptoms. Request an appointment with us today to get more information.


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Spine Care Tips for Winter

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The holidays are coming to a close, but there are still several months of winter ahead of us. Stay safe and avoid compromising the safety of your spine with the following fall prevention and spine care tips for the winter.

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  1. Take Care While Shoveling Snow: Keeping your property safe is an essential step in preventing winter falls and spine injuries. Although most dread the task of shoveling snow, it is important to take precautions when doing so. Always do some gentle neck and black stretches before you start shoveling and make sure you have the right tool for the job. Choose a shovel that is lightweight with a sharp blade that is appropriate for your height. A shovel that is too long or too short will cause you to bend forward or back to compensate, compromising the health of your spine.
  2. Keep Up Your Exercise Regimen: Strength and balance are your best defense against a winter slip and fall injury. When you are strong and stable, you are less likely to fall and better able to recover balance if you feel yourself starting to slip. Simple exercises like walking and swimming have tremendous benefits to your strength and balance. Yoga and Tai Chi are also effective exercises for fall prevention and classes are offered at many gyms, community centers, and online.
  3. Dress Appropriately for Winter Conditions: Appropriate footwear is imperative to avoiding a winter slip and fall. Select a shoe with a sturdy sole and a deep, thick tread. Additionally, many falls occur due to low temperatures, which can cause the fingers and toes to stiffen, compromising balance. For this reason, it is essential to dress for the weather with thick socks, gloves, a hat, scarf, and a warm coat.

If you have suffered a winter fall or want to learn more about how to protect your spine this season, Dr. Grigory Goldberg can help. Contact our offices today to request an appointment.


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