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A 32-year-old member asked:

Could anterior cervical discectomy with fusion be considered a major surgery?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes!: The surgery is major, though generally well tolerated. The surgery is near the spinal cord and many nerves. It requires moving the esophagus, the muscular tube where food passes to your stomach. The windpipe and voice box are also moved. Any of these can be injured or work less well after surgery (temporarily or permanently). Risk depends on many factors, so talk to your surgeon.
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Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Leeanswered
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Anterior cervical fusion surgery is typically very well tolerated and routine, with a smooth recovery. However, because of the proximity of the spinal cord and other critical structures in the neck, it is by definition, a high risk procedure, with the potential of major complications. Be sure to find a surgeon who will thoroughly review the risks and benefits to allow for an informed decision.
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
29 years experience
Absolutely: It is a common surgery for spine surgeons and most patients do well. However, it is certainly considered major surgery. Check out spine-health.Com.
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
It is small tissue: Small in the tissue operated on but the complication easy recovery possible are significant when it goes well it is minor surgery but best describe all surgeries around your spinal cord as major.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
If it is you!: It depends on one's perspective and really on how healthy you are and how severe the disc herniation is and if any other associated pathology or if there was any other prior surgery or treatment(radiation) through the surgical approach that may complicate the surgery or if you are a smoker, obese, diabetic, have an existing chronic remote infection, renal disease etc.
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
29 years experience
Absolutely: It is a common surgery for spine surgeons and most patients do well. However, it is certainly considered major surgery. Check out spine-health.Com.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it true that anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is considered major surgery?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
I would consider: It major surgery. This can be quite invasive and you are dealing with surgery around some very delicate structures with an anterior approach and operating on the spine. Either would be considered major. While I am not a large proponent of spinal surgery, neurosurgeons with experience in this procedure are safe and practiced at what they do and will minimalize risk as much as possible.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What hospital is renowned for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Hard to say: It is such a uniformally successful, fairly simple surgery that it would be difficult to say if any particular hospital would be best; we often even do them as outpatient procedures at our surgery center. The are rating sites for hospitals in spinal surgery, it is just a lot of times that has more significance for someone requiring a complex spine procedure.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long does an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery take to be performed?

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Recovery: The less invasive surgery is, the faster the recovery and the less chance of complications.First.See your primary care provider to be sure of the proper diagnosis. Then be sure to take prescription exactly as prescribed.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

I am having an anterior cervical discectomy with fusion. What can I expect?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Neck soreness: Most anterior cervical fusions are tolerated very well. There wil be some neck pain and stiffness. If you have arm symptoms, those should resolve after surgery- some right away and others over time. The stiffness and soreness improves in a few weeks. You'll have some throat soreness and maybe a "catch" in your throat when you swallow. Overall, it gets better quickly. Good luck!
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A 48-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have an anterior cervical discectomy fusion?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Arm pain relief.: Incision made on front of neck target disc removed space filled with bone from donor bone or your pelvis allowed to heal joining two bones together in neck stopping motion at one level 95%sucess rate2%complication.
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