Posterior cervical fusion (PCF) is the technique of joining the bones in the back of the cervical spine. Over time these small bones fuse together to form an internal brace and stabilize the cervical spine, reducing painful motion or spinal cord compression.

Clinical benefits

Posterior cervical fusion

The potential benefits of a PCF procedure for the patient are stabilization to help reduce pain and continuing degeneration. This procedure also allows for maintenance of stability after a laminectomy, a surgery to remove the lamina or back part of the vertebra that covers your spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.

Is PCF right for me?

In the cervical spine (neck), surgery is often performed via the posterior approach to address a multitude of pathologies, including degenerative disc disease, dislocation, fractures, instability, or soft disc herniation. Your physician may determine that the PCF procedure is a good option for you.

Conversely, your physician may determine that a PCF procedure is not a good option for you. It is important to discuss this with your physician in order to determine the best course of treatment for you. This procedure may be used to treat the following conditions:

Degenerative disc disease (DDD)

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Technologies Commonly Used

NuVasive offers a full-line portfolio of products for minimally disruptive, procedurally-integrated solutions. Procedurally-based solutions may include:


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