Vertebral body replacement
Surgeons may perform a vertebral body replacement from either the side or the back of the spine. During the procedure, he/she will remove and replace the damaged vertebral structures with implants such as cages, screws, plates and/or rods. The goals of this procedure are to stabilize the spine and remove pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves that has resulted from damage to the spinal bones caused by either an injury (trauma) or by a tumor that has spread to the front of the spine and fractured a vertebra.
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A more in depth look at the individual steps of this procedure as well as tips for preparing for and recovering from a vertebral body replacement.
In general, surgical treatment options presented by your surgeon are aimed at relieving pressure on nerve roots in an attempt to address pain.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SPINE SURGERY
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The information presented is for educational purposes only. Stryker is not dispensing medical advice. Please speak to your doctor to decide if spinal surgery is right for you. Only your doctor can make the medical judgment regarding which products and treatments are right for your own individual condition.
As with any surgery, spinal surgery carries certain risks. Your surgeon will explain all the possible complications of the surgery, as well as side effects. Each spinal surgery patient will experience a different post-operative activity level, depending on his/her own individual clinical factors. Your doctor will help counsel about how to best maintain your activities in order to recover properly from your surgery. Such activities include not engaging in high-impact activities that could de-stabilize any instrumentation that may have been implanted.
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