“Spondylodesis” refers to a stiffening of the vertebrae, and “percutaneous” means something that happens via the skin. In these procedures, a very small cut is made in the skin for each screw. Firstly, a wire is led through the incision in the skin into the position planned for the screw; then a hole is drilled and the screw put in place. The screws are for the stabilisation of the spine.
For the past few years, it has been possible to put a new type of implant into the cervical vertebrae, which is especially for neck and arm pain.
Often, this pain is determined by the narrowness of the openings through which the spinal nerves exit the spinal canal. The vertebral joints enlarge, the intervertebral discs lose their water content and ossify, which leads to chronic pain.
It is possible to introduce and attach a screw anchor in the cervical vertebrae via the skin, which stretches the joint and takes pressure off the nerves. The segment is stabilised.
In order for the procedure to be a success, it is important to check that the indication is suitable. If the infiltrations in the cervical spine, the painkillers and the infusions are no longer helping, the possibility of this intervention should be considered.
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