High cervical odontoid excision is a procedure that is performed through the neck and allows access to the first three cervical vertebrae. The surgery corrects malformations of the second cervical vertebra and odontoid (a projection from the second vertebra) and uses a bone graft, plate and screws to fuse the first and third vertebrae.
Also Known As:
- High cervical anterior retropharyngeal approach to odontoid excision
Conditions Treated with High Cervical Odontoid Excision:
High cervical odontoid excision is utilized to treat conditions such as odontoid fracture or pannus, rheumatoid pannus and cervical spine trauma. It can also be used for patients suffering from a spinal cord tumor or spinal nerve root compression.