At IGEA Brain & Spine, our goal is to provide patients with the most cutting-edge treatment and care. In maintaining our elite standards, we employ the use of DTRAX instruments, which were rated as “a valuable option for surgeons treating patients with cervical radiculopathy” in a two-year study presented at Spine Week 2016.

The use of DTRAX during cervical fusion procedures allows us to successfully repair damage from conditions, such as degenerative disc disease while minimizing disruption to the surrounding tissue.

The Procedure

Implants are used to lift and separate the bones of the spine (vertebrae). This can create significantly more area for the nerve root.1 The implants also stabilize the joint to help the bones to heal and fuse together.
Implants are used to lift and separate the bones of the spine (vertebrae). This can create significantly more area for the nerve root.1 The implants also stabilize the joint to help the bones to heal and fuse together.

A set of surgical instruments (all smaller than one centimeter in diameter) is used to prepare the bony surfaces of the cervical spine for fusion and allows intervertebral cages to be implanted. The implants lift and separate the bones of the spine (vertebrae) to create more space for a pinched or irritated nerve root. The implants also stabilize the spine which can help patients heal properly.

Why is a tissue-sparing approach so important with this procedure?

A tissue-sparing posterior cervical fusion can greatly reduce muscle and soft tissue trauma, scarring and patient recovery time. It can reduce surgery time, blood loss and hospital stay.2

Am I a candidate?

You may be a candidate if you:

  • Have received at least six weeks of non-operative conservative care
  • Suffer from pain, numbness or burning sensations in your neck, shoulders and/or arms
  • Are a skeletally mature adult with degenerative disc disease of the neck (cervical spine levels C3-C7)

How will I feel after surgery?

Ninety percent of patients in a clinical study experienced significant improvement in pain relief.3

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References

1. Tan et al. Effect of machined interfacet allograft spacers on cervical foraminal height and area. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Jun;20(6):772.

2. Siemionow et al. Perioperative metrics outcomes in 169 patients treated with bilateral posterior cervical cages. University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Chicago, Unpublished, 2016.

3. Published data: Evaluation of the DTRAX Facet Screw System in Patients with Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease; PMT-001. Single-arm, prospective, multi-center study of 60 patients.