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

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

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. ...Read more

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Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more


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Is anterior cervical discectomy with fusion considered a major surgery?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion surgery then a hematoma, Now a swollen lymph node at incision with no change. Should I be concerned?

I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion surgery  then a hematoma, Now a swollen lymph node at incision with no change. Should I be concerned?

If it is for sure: a lymph node, it is probably reactive to the incision and hematoma, no, you should not be concerned because it will probably go away. It could be something, though, so show it to the surgeon who performed your operation. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I am getting surgery on my neck called an anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion?

I am getting surgery on my neck called an anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion?

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. ...Read more

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Anterior cervical discectomy surgery, what to do?

Anterior cervical discectomy surgery, what to do?

3 months: Assuming a proper work-up has been done and conservative care has failed, most patients do very well from a single level cervical fusion. Average time for a complete recovery is 3 months. Check out spine health.Com. ...Read more

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I am having anterior cervical discectomy surgery next week on my C5 and c6/c7 (in my neck). How long does it take?

I am having anterior cervical discectomy surgery next week on my C5 and c6/c7 (in my neck). How long does it take?

2 to 4 hours: A 2 level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure takes between 2 to 4 hours depending on multiple factors. There is also additional time needed for anesthesia, positioning on the table, etc. Sometimes the surgical time may be significantly shorter or longer depending on patient size, the exact diagnosis, the severity of nerve compression, etc. ...Read more

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I had c5-6 anterior cervical discectomy surgery a year ago. I still have nerve pain in my arms and scapula and can't work. Should I be better already?

I had c5-6 anterior cervical discectomy surgery a year ago. I still have nerve pain in my arms and scapula and can't work. Should I be better already?

May be: Surgery of neck is done to prevent further damage and by relieving pressure give a chance for nerve to regenerate. Regeneration also depends on how much damage of the nerve was there before surgery. Sometimes recovery takes long time and it may not be complete. See your surgeon again, he may order more tests. ...Read more

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

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! ...Read more

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I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and plates at c5-c7. My current MRI looks like one of the screws is pulling on spinal cord this possibl?

I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and plates at c5-c7. My current MRI looks like one of the screws is pulling on spinal cord this possibl?

Artifact: Impossible to say for certain without the images, but metallic objects like screws cause a magnetic susceptibility or "bloom" artifact which obscures or distorts adjacent anatomy. It is not real, it is an artifact due to the interaction of the magnetic field with the screw. This commonly causes the thecal sac/cord to look distorted on MRI. ...Read more

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

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

Joining bones: A fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. For this, the approach is from the front removing the intervening disc & replacing it with a piece of bone or a metal v plastic like cage filled with bone that may be secured with screws or plate & screws or no instrumentation. ...Read more

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How is anterior cervical discectomy with allgraft and fusion on c-5 to t1?

Common surgery: Anterior cervical fusion is a common surgery. Check out soine-health.Com for videos and information on the procedure. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I base my decision to under go Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusions?

Your symptoms & the-: -recommendations by your surgeon. It's a big decision so if you are hesitant, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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What are the details of the surgical procedure called anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?

Website: I will refer you to an excellent website that answers your question quite well. Spinehealth.Com. ...Read more

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Doctor suggests an anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion. What is invovled in this?

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 ...Read more

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Are headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion significant or common?

They can be: Headaches are tricky, sometimes they are primarily caused by cervical spine problems, often times they are exacerbated by them, but it is difficult to predict whether surgery will ever help them, except in the case of an obvious c34 disc and radiculopathy with occipital nerve type pain which is mechanical. ...Read more

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I am having terrible headaches after a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion. Related?

Collar: If you are wearing a c collar after surgery, take it off. These often keep the neck in a very uncomfortable position that may cause spasms and headache. Narcotics may also result in muscle tension headaches: Percocet is bad about this. Wean pain meds or try different one (no nsaids as they block bony healing). Some gentle stretching may also help. Discuss with your surgeon if not better. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
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Discectomy (Definition)

Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more


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Diskectomy (Definition)

The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had ...Read more