Cervical Spine Stabilization; Technical Aspects

J. K. Liu, K. Das, V. K.H. Sonntag

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Cervical spine stabilization is a procedure frequently performed by neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons to treat spinal instability, which is the loss of the spine's ability to tolerate pain, structural deformity, or neurological damage under normal conditions. Cervical instability can be caused by traumatic injury, infection, cancer, and degenerative processes. Surgical treatment of any of these conditions requires removing bone, which can increase spinal instability. Stabilization procedures typically use instrumentation and bone grafts to restore the spine to its normal condition. The surgical goal is to provide the best environment for the formation of bone fusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851574
ISBN (Print)9780123851581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


  • Bone graft
  • Cervical stabilization
  • Degenerative disease
  • Instrumentation
  • Spinal instability

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