The provider performs arthrodesis, also known as spinal fusion, in the neck, to permanently join two vertebrae, the interlocking bones of the spine. He accesses the vertebrae through an incision in the mouth or in the neck and may excise the first cervical vertebra. The procedure helps to alleviate persistent pain caused by various spinal conditions, including herniated, or bulging, intervertebral disks, narrowing of the spinal canal, or spinal injuries.
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