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doctor suggests an anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion. what is invovled in this?

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Dr. Pietro Seni
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Cervical fusion: Anterio rcervical fusion is usually done for degerative disc disease.Incision anterior neck , removal of the disc materal and bone spurs, placement of some type of bone graft and then fixation with bone plate fixed to the vertebrae with screws.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Disc removed & fuse: The cervical disc is removed from the front thru the neck anteriorly along with any bony ridges compressing nerve tissue & the disc space is filled with a piece of bone from a cadaver or from another area in your body(iliac crest) or with a metal or plastic-like spacer(peek) filled with bone with screws thru these devices holding them in or with or without a plate and screws fitted to the spine
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health.Com.

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