What is Posterior Cervical Fixation ?

Posterior cervical fixation is performed to address the multitude of indications, including degenerative disc disease, dislocation, fractures, instability, or soft disc herniation.

In this procedure, the patient is lying face down and incisions are made down the middle of the back of the neck. To separate and hold the neck muscles, retractors are used. Some removal of impinging bone may be performed (laminectomy or facetectomy) if direct spinal cord or nerve root decompression is necessary.

Some instrumentation, which includes plates, rods, and screws may be used. The muscles and tissues are put back in place and the skin is stitched together.

After the physical assessment, you shall be me dically investigated on OPD basis for your spinal problem. Once investigations and medical assessment are completed your surgery shall be planned. You will be advised to get admitted on the day of surgery.

You are admitted to the hospital. The procedure is explained to the patient/ relative in detail and consent is undertaken. Pre-anaesthesia checkup (PAC) is done. Once cleared, the patient is shifted to OT for the procedure. Post-procedure, the patient is moved to the recovery area and once stable, the patient is moved to the respective room. There may be a bit of pain for which you will be given analgesics.

You will be observed in the room. Discharge process is undertaken. You / relative is explained about the discharge medication and follow up. The patient is discharged.

You may be advised to see the surgeon after a week for stitch removal. Follow up is also important to see if healing is proper. Initially, there may be some soreness and pain depending on the type of surgery which is performed. There may be bruising around the area which is not abnormal.