Is there a disc between C2 and C3?

Is there a disc between C2 and C3?

Starting at C2-C3, an intervertebral disc sits between each vertebra. Intervertebral discs are pillow-like structures, with a tough outer ring (the annulus fibrosus) and a dense, jelly-like center (nucleus pulposus). They function as flexible pivots to help provide motion between the vertebrae.

What is the difference between a discectomy and a fusion?

The lumbar fusion surgery is done with the goal of naturally joining the two vertebrae together after removal of the intervertebral disc. Microdiscectomy surgery is a minimally invasive surgery used to remove herniated part of the intervertebral disc.

What is fusion of C2 and C3 vertebrae?

Fused C2 and C3 vertebrae. FCV, also known as block vertebra may be congenital (chorda dorsalis) or acquired (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or trauma or infections). It has an incidence of 0.4–0.7% and may affect any segment of the vertebral column but more commonly seen to affect the cervical vertebrae.

Can C2-C3 be fused?

An understanding of the high cervical anatomy and familiarity with mobilization techniques may help minimize these complications. C2–C3 ACDF appears to have fusion rates comparable to ACDF at other cervical levels.

What is the success rate of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?

This surgery has a high success rate. Between 93 to 100 percent of people who’ve had ACDF surgery for arm pain reported relief from pain, and 73 to 83 percent of people who had ACDF surgery for neck pain reported positive results.

Is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion a major surgery?

ACDF surgery is a major procedure, and you will need to take it easy during your recovery. However, if you are unable to do daily activities within 4-6 weeks of your appointment, you should see your surgeon right away.

What is the recovery time for a discectomy?

The overall lumbar discectomy recovery time is approximately 4 to 6 weeks, but you may be feeling back to normal well before that time. Be sure to work closely with your doctor to understand how your specific lumbar discectomy recovery time should progress.

How long does a cervical discectomy take?

ACDF surgery can usually be done in 1 to 2 hours, but may take up to 3 or more hours. The time depends on how many discs will be removed, how badly the discs or vertebrae [VUR-tuh-brey] are diseased, and other factors. Your surgeon will give you a general idea about how long your surgery might last.

What are the symptoms of C2 C3 disc herniation?

What are the symptoms of a cervical disc herniation?

  • Discomfort, shooting pain, or burning that radiates down the arm.
  • Neck pain when turning the head or bending the neck.
  • Pain on or near a shoulder blade.
  • Weakness in the arm or hand.
  • Numbness and tingling in the arm.
  • Limited range of motion.

Is the anterior approach suitable for cervical discectomy and fusion at C2–C3?

To describe the anterior approach for cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) at C2–C3 level and evaluate its suitability for treatment of instability and degenerative disease in this region. Summary of Background Data: The anterior approach is commonly used for ACDF in the lower cervical spine but is used less often in the high cervical spine.

How common is cervical disc herniation at C2-C3 level?

Aim: Cervical disc herniation at C2-C3 level is an uncommon condition. In this paper, the management C2-C3 disc herniation and long-term follow-up data of 5 cases is reported. Material and methods: 1100 patients who have been operated in our department for cervical disc herniation between 2000 and 2009 were studied retrospectively.

Is ACDF at the C2-C3 level an option for high cervical disease?

Conclusions: ACDF at the C2-C3 level is an option for the treatment of high cervical disease or trauma but is associated with a higher rate of approach-related morbidity. Familiarity with local anatomy may help to reduce complications.

What is the preferred procedure for cervical disc herniation?

The preferred procedure was anterior cervical discectomy with fusion via retropharyngeal approach. Results: The incidence of C2-C3 disc herniations was 0.45%. The mean patient age was 63 years (41- 82 years). Upper extremity paresis was the predominant neurological sign.