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Why may I need cervical spinal fusion surgery?

A cervical fusion refers to the surgical procedure that links, or fuses, together damaged segments of the vertebral column in the neck. 

This surgery may be needed after the cervical vertebrae -- and the discs between each vertebrae -- have become damaged as a result of an injury, chronic wear-and-tear or other conditions leading to severe pain and neurological dysfunction.

However, your doctor will most often try nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy, before considering surgery.

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