A corpectomy procedure is a type of spine surgery used to remove a vertebra from the spine in order to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. At Swift Spine Institute in Reno, Nevada and Carson City, we perform corpectomy procedures for patients who have severe degenerative spine conditions or who have suffered from sudden trauma or injury.

While a sudden injury can cause spinal cord compression to develop, making a corpectomy necessary for treatment, many times this procedure is used to relieve the pressure of spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a degenerative spine condition that describes the narrowing of the spinal canal — the area of the spine that houses the spinal cord and nerve roots. When this canal begins to narrow, the vertebrae of the spine can press into the spinal cord, causing severe pain and other symptoms.

To relieve the pain and muscle weakness caused by spinal cord compression, our experienced surgeons in Reno, Nevada and Carson City, can perform a corpectomy to remove one or more vertebra of the spine, thereby creating more space within the spinal canal. This procedure can be performed in the neck or back, and your surgeon will discuss with you what to expect during your corpectomy recovery period.

At Swift Spine Institute, we believe care and compassion are important parts of each patient’s treatment journey. That is why we offer rehabilitation services in our clinic for patients recovering from corpectomy surgery. You can continue your journey to wellness with the same team of doctors you started with. While rehabilitation treatment is not necessary for everyone, it can help certain patients speed along their recovery journey. Your surgeon will discuss this option with you prior to surgery.

To learn more about the corpectomy procedures offered at Swift Spine Institute in Reno, NV and Carson City, contact us today.

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