Cervical Spine Lateral Mass Screw Fusion Fixation neuro-surgical videos. A lateral mass screw fusion is done to realign and stabilize adjacent cervical vertebra. During the procedure, bone graft is placed between the vertebrae. This bone graft will fuse over three months to turn the adjacent vertebrae into one solid bone. While the bone is fusing, it is held still by metal screws and rods.
A lateral mass screw fusion is usually done as part of a nerve or spinal cord decompression procedure or a traumatic fracture stabilization procedure, to maintain stability in the neck, and prevent the risk of a deformity developing later.
If diseased bone or damaged joints in the neck are causing neck pain, or placing pressure on the spinal cord or the nerve roots leaving the spinal cord, and causing pain, weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, then surgery is indicated. Cervical Spine Lateral Mass Screw Fusion Fixation neuro-surgical videos.