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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

Corpectomy is surgery to remove one or more vertebrae (bones) in the spine. This is usually done to take pressure off the spinal cord and nerves.

Vertebral Column


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Call your doctor or surgeon if:


You may need any of the following:

Incision area care:

Keep the area clean and dry. Your surgeon will tell you when it is okay to shower or bathe. Check for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus when you clean your wound.


Follow up with your doctor or surgeon as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches removed. You may also need an x-ray, a CT scan, or an MRI to help check the position of each vertebra. The tests will show if your graft, plates, or screws have moved out of place. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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