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High Cervical Odontoid Excision

Posted On: 04-22-2015
High Cervical Odontoid Excision

What is High Cervical Odontoid Excision?

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.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to High Cervical Odontoid Excision:

Non-surgical alternatives to high cervical odontoid excision include physical therapy and pain relief medications. Surgical alternatives include transodontoid screw fixation and transoral odontoid excision.

Anesthesia with High Cervical Odontoid Excision:

High cervical odontoid excision is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from High Cervical Odontoid Excision:

Possible risks following high cervical odontoid excision include infection, bleeding, and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. Other complications include nerve injury and decreased neurological function.

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