What is the Cervical Spine?
The cervical spine (neck region) is one of the most important and agile parts of your body. It begins at the base of the skull and consists of 7 bones separated by intervertebral discs that allow the spine to move freely.
The neck has the greatest amount of movement of any area of the spine, and is also responsible for protecting the spinal cord and supporting the skull. Because of its vital function in our everyday lives, injury or disease of the cervical spine is a very serious condition.
Cervical Spine Surgery
Dr. Albert specializes in a variety of cervical spine procedures customized to treat your condition. These include:
Anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery consists of two major parts. The bony portion & the instrumentation. Typically, Dr. Albert does not need to take a bone graft from the hip area, meaning a separate incision is not necessary.
When a disc in your neck herniates, the material can place pressure on your nerves in that area. Dr. Albert removes the herniated disc and replaces it with an artificial disc, thus eliminating the pain and returning function.
The Laminoplasty procedure helps relieve nerve pressure and pain that is caused by spinal stenosis. This can be performed on any of the 3 regions of the spine.
As the person ages, degenerative changes in the joints can cause the spinal canal to narrow. This may lead to issues with movement in the arms and legs, this is known as spinal stenosis.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are experiencing neck pain, call (212) 606-1004 to schedule an evaluation with New York Spine Surgeon, Dr. Todd Albert.