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Two-Stage Surgical Procedure to Treat Cervical Degenerative Kyphosis
If you look at the average person from the side, the neck appears to stand straight up and down. However, there is a normal curve called lordosis that helps keep the head and neck in perfect alignment. When injuries, deformities, or arthritis disrupt this head-neck harmony, it can cause something known as cervical degenerative kyphosis, which reverses the normal lordosis.
The simplest of daily tasks quickly became challenging undertakings as a result of this condition. “I had resorted to using a towel to prevent my chin from touching my chest when being upright,” said Linda. “I used a walker to help with my balance, but I was still frustrated because I could not see things at normal eye gaze because I was constantly looking at the ground due to this chin-on-chest deformity.”
Imaging studies that were done at Baylor Neurosurgery Spine Clinic, an outpatient center that is part of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, revealed a cervical spine deformity called “chin-on-chest.” She had multiple levels of stenosis, which refers to the narrowing and compressing of the space for the spinal cord or nerve branches in the cervical spine. Cervical stenosis is most frequently caused by aging and degenerative arthritis, but Linda’s stenosis was severe.
Due to the advanced stage of her deformity, Linda was identified as a candidate for a surgical spinal reconstruction that could be performed in two stages. Firstly, a C3-7 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion was performed, followed by a posterior approach for C6-T1 laminectomies, a C7 pedicle subtraction osteotomy, and C2 to T4 instrumented fusion. These surgical procedures were done after Linda underwent cervical traction, a process in which gentle stretching of the neck muscles allowed a temporary partial correction of her deformity, which aided in surgery.
“Large cervical spine deformity surgeries require a multidisciplinary team both in the operating room and the hospital. Our team was able to help this patient through her hospital course, and her surgery was very successful. She looks straight ahead now, rather than at the floor,” said Dr. Alexander Ropper of Baylor Neurosurgery. “Her neck pain and functionality improved dramatically after surgery.”
Cervical spine imaging revealed excellent correction of her deformity.