A 35-year-old member asked:
What could cause anterior discectomy with fusion c5-c6 to significantly protrude 3 months after surgery?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Not sure: A discectomy is just that, removal of the entire disc. So residual disc herniation should not occur, unless a complete discectomy was not performed for some reason.
5.6k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
Failure to fuse: It sounds as if the interbody spacer or bone graft failed to fuse and has displaced if this was a single level fusion done without instrumentation which can be done for one level surgery with typically no change in healing rate but a 10% chance of non union in a non smoker and higher risk in a smoker. Follow up with your surgeon as to next steps in treatment options.
5.6k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Feb 6, 2015
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.