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what is the difference in fusion & cervical disc surgery in the neck?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: Cervical disc surgery is a more general term that describes any surgery performed in the disc in the neck. An anterior cervical fusion is just one type of cervical disc surgery in which the disc is removed and the adjacent vertebrae are fused together,
Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Herniated disc: When a person is suffering from a pinched nerve in the neck and non-operative treatments have failed, there are three surgical approaches to repair the cervical herniated disc. 1) anterior cervical discectomy and fusion; 2) posterior cervical laminectomy with microdiscectomy; and 3) cervical disc arthroplasty or insertion of an artificial disc. Discuss with a neurosurgeon the best option for you.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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