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“Epidural injection” is the name given to an injection into the epidural space. The epidural space lies inside the bony spine. The spinal cord and spinal nerves lie within the epidural space surrounded by a thin skin (dural membrane). A cervical epidural is an injection of steroid mixture into the epidural space in the lower part of the neck.
The spinal column is made up of bones that are all stacked up on top of each other, with soft cushions of discs in between each of the bones that act as shock absorbers.
The surgical procedure that you are to be admitted for depends on your specific requirements, but this information is for those who are to have surgery performed in the cervical spine (neck area).
A CTO is a cervical collar (neck brace) that has an extension support to also protect the thoracic spine. It limits movement whilst providing you with support and can also provide some pain relief.
A Chiari Malformation (Hindbrain hernia) is a developmental abnormality which affects the cerebellum. This part of the brain lies at the back of the head, low down and at the top of the spinal canal.
There is damage to the nerves connecting the brain and spinal cord to the muscles in the arms and legs. These nerves are the peripheral nervous system
Clostridium difficile is a cause of diarrhoea, which may be acquired in hospital.
The coeliac plexus is a group of nerves that supply the organs in the upper abdomen, especially the liver, pancreas and stomach. It lies in front of the spine.
Anyone who is using our services can raise a concern or make a complaint. We will always do our utmost to resolve your concerns as soon as we can. If this is not possible, you may wish to make a formal complaint. With your consent, a relative, friend or carer can make a complaint, or raise concerns, on your behalf.
C.T. stands for Computed Tomography The scanner itself is a machine with a circular hole in the centre.