Many people are aware of at least some of the issues that surround the spinal column. It is made up of a number of vertebrate and in between each of the vertebrae is a jellylike material that is known as an intervertebral disc. Most of us are familiar with discs because we hear about people who have herniated discs or similar problems. Those issues can be severe but most people don’t really know what the disc is there to do. They actually have a number of different functions that are well worth considering.
One of the primary functions of the intervertebral disc is to allow cushioning to occur between each of the vertebrae. If the vertebrae were to come in contact with each other, it would be a damaging and somewhat painful experience to move in any way at all. At the same time, however, the intervertebral disc allow the vertebrae to remain apart by a specific distance so that the nerve roots are able to extend beyond the spinal canal. This allows the nerves to go out in the various parts of the body and transmit information that does everything from allowing your heart to beat to allowing us to experience pain.
Unfortunately, when we experience problems with our discs, it can often result in severe pain, numbness and tingling because they eventually end up resting against the nerve. This may be caused by any number of different issues, including a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease and damage to the disc from outside resources. When it does occur, your doctor may consider an interbody fusion with cage. This is a rather interesting sounding surgical procedure and it is one that most people are not aware even exists.
Since the vertebrae all move independently of each other, if the disc is removed, it is obviously going to cause problems with compression. That is one of the primary reasons why the cage is put in place. The interbody fusion with cage procedure inserts a cage in the area to allow the decompression to take place and to keep the vertebrae from getting too close to each other. At the same time, the fusion takes place by a bone graft being inserted into the area so that the biological response of the spine allows the bone to grow and eventually, fuses the vertebrae together permanently.
The interbody fusion with cage is one of the surgical procedures that may be considered if severe spinal problems occur. Although it is important to consider the specific type of procedure that you received, it is likewise important to consider the medical professional that is going to care for your needs. In prosper, Dallas and elsewhere in the Metroplex, you can call on Dr. Rob Dickerman to ensure that you are getting the quality care that is necessary for your spine problems. Not only is he competent, he has even won many awards as one of the top physicians in this area throughout the United States.