Providence’s family of products offers a less disruptive alternative for patients suffering from cervical radiculopathy.
An Innovative Approach
Unlike more invasive surgical approaches, our technology enables an innovative posterior (from the patient’s back) approach that typically requires two small incisions at the base of the patient’s neck.
When to Consider Surgery
Proper diagnosis of your neck problem followed by at least six weeks of conservative care is recommended before any surgery.
Surgery may be appropriate if you continue to experience:
- Severe pain that does not respond to medical management
- Increasing weakness
- Loss of strength
Is the Procedure Effective?
Clinical trials studying posterior spinal stabilization with Posterior Cervical Cages (PCC) demonstrate that the procedure is effective at relieving neck and arm pain associated with cervical radiculopathy.1
- 90% of patients experience significant improvement in pain relief.
- 80% experienced improvement in quality of life.
Bruce M. McCormack, Jose Manuel F. Ignacio, Rafael C. Bundoc, Sigurd H. Berven, Mario R. Ver, and Edward F. Eyster. 10.3171/2012.12. SPINE12477.
What to Expect
Spinal stabilization with PCC is performed by a specially trained surgeon. Published clinical data demonstrates that most patients experience rapid and lasting improvement in symptoms.
A Closer Look at Posterior Cervical Cages (PCC)
First, your surgeon relieves pressure on your spinal nerves by distracting (opening) the joints so the nerves are no longer irritated. Then, two implants and graft material are inserted to enable healing of these joints.
Alternative Surgical Treatment Options
Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion
One of the most common surgeries used to treat cervical radiculopathy, ACDF removes tissue from the body and involves bone grafting and plates through the front of the neck.
Open Posterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion
The posterior approach to the cervical spine requires dissection of muscle and tissue off the spine, plus insertion of plates and screws. These surgeries are typically very painful and the injured muscles are permanently weakened.
Total Disc Replacement (TDR)
TDR is indicated for a small set of patients with early onset disc degeneration.
Benefits of PCC
- Often immediate improvement in symptoms
- No bone or disc is removed
- Leave future surgical options open
- Often quicker return to function
- Eliminates risk of swallowing and speaking problems that may occur with other types of neck surgery
- Less disruptive than most cervical procedures
Providence’s family of products offers a variety of surgical options to treat cervical radiculopathy. Patients should always consult their physician to determine which course of treatment is most appropriate.
PCC should not be used in any of the following instances:
- Obesity, pregnancy, advanced diabetes or cancer of the spine
- Rapid joint disease, bone absorption, osteopenia and/or osteoporosis
- Active infections, local inflammation, fever or leukocytes
- Any medical or surgical condition that would preclude the potential benefit of spinal surgery (e.g., elevation of white blood count, tumors, congenital abnormalities)
- Any case not described in the indications for use for a product
As in any surgical procedure, the potential for complications exist. Some of these complications include, but are not limited to:
- Infection or painful, swollen, or inflamed surgical site
- Loosening, bending, breakage or dislocation of an implant requiring revision surgery
- Allergic or physiological reactions to foreign body intolerance
- Histological responses possibly involving macrophages and/or fibroblasts
- Bone resorption and/or overproduction
Any surgical techniques shown are for illustrative purposes only. The technique(s) actually employed in each case will always depend on the medical judgment of the surgeon exercised before and during surgery as to the best mode of treatment for each patient. Each product carries its own full list of warnings and precautions in its Instructions for Use (IFU). Please contact your physician or Providence Medical Technology for additional information on a specific product or procedure.
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