Complex Spinal Reconstruction
Cervical and thoracic spine disorders can affect more than one vertebral level of the spine. Degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, excessive kyphosis, vertebral fracture, and other disorders can cause pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling in the upper back, shoulders, and arms. In some cases, surgery is necessary.
Sometimes these disorders involve the junction between the cervical (neck) and the upper thoracic (chest) spine. Characteristically, the cervical spine is quite flexible and the thoracic spine is rigid. Disorders involving these vertebral levels can present a specific challenge to the spine surgeon.
Now, these difficult cases can be instrumented using a complex spinal reconstructions system. This device allows the spine surgeon to stabilize the cervical and upper thoracic spine using anchors (screws and hooks) attached to a rod in a variety of positions (to increase positions and flexibility). In the past, spine surgeons had a difficult time placing the screws into the proper positions in the vertebrae and still attaching the plate or rod. Screws can now be placed exactly where they need to go safely. The benefits of this procedure are a shorter operative time and safer surgery because the anchors (screws) can be implanted exactly where they need to be placed. The Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders is experienced with complex spinal reconstruction systems.