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.
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
- 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.