Cervical Spine Surgery Vertebrectomy Corpectomy with cage + plate decompression fixation fusion neurosurgical animations. Illustrates the surgical technique for performing a cervical corpectomy, also known as a cervical vertebrectomy. This procedure is used to remove one or more vertebral bodies and the adjacent intervertebral discs that are causing uncontrollable pain or are compressing the adjacent spinal cord or nerve roots. A metal cage is filled with bone chips and is used to replace the excised tissue and maintain correct neurosurgical animations. An anterior plate is used to ensure stability while fusion occurs. Corpectomy, or vertebrectomy, refers to the removal and replacement of a vertebra and the intervertebral discs above and below it. This is usually done because they are compressing the spinal cord in the neck. A length of bone or a synthetic cage . Cervical Spine Surgery Vertebrectomy Corpectomy with cage + plate decompression fixation fusion neurosurgical animations.