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How long does the anterior cervical corpectomy take?

How long does the anterior cervical corpectomy take?

2 hours or so: In the hands of experienced neurosurgeons or orthospine surgeons, the surgery should take 2-3 hours. It should not last much longer. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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How common is it for someone to need an anterior cervical corpectomy?

Individualized: This procedure is individualized by the surgeon's experience and your presenting disease. If the surgeon feels he cannot achieve the desired result by a 2 level diskectomy and fusion, he will perform a corpectomy. It is common for some surgeons to do many surgeries this way and others will do it only when necessary. If you are uncomfortable with this, seek a second opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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When neurosurgeon says Necessity of a corpectomy and anterior cervical fusion, but not urgent, how do I interpret what he means? Wait as long I want?

When neurosurgeon says Necessity of a corpectomy and anterior cervical fusion, but not urgent, how do I interpret what he means? Wait as long I want?

Annoying!: Your doctor cannot have it both ways. Is there really any reason that he/she makes you wait so long while you are worrying? Hard to believe. If you are uncomfortable with this doctor, please ask your Primary doctor to refer you to a different Neurosurgeon. Hope all goes well! ...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?

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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How risky is anterior cervical fusion?

How risky is anterior cervical fusion?

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. Although there are risks with any surgery, most patients do very well. Check out spine health.Com. ...Read more

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Anterior cervical disectomy recovery time?

Depends: For a standard cervical discectomy and fusion for radiculopathy it's 8-12 weeks. You could return to work more quickly depending on what you do. The hospital stay is typically overnight, though some surgeons do the procedure outpatient. If someone is very myelopathic, then the recovery/rehab is longer. For an artificial disc the recovery time is shorter since no fusion is expected. ...Read more

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Can you recover from anterior cervical diskectomy?

Can you recover from anterior cervical diskectomy?

YES: Anterior cervical discectomy with or without fusion has a proven success rate of 90-95% for relief of symptoms secondary to a disc herniation and nerve root compression. No surgery should be taken lightly. Possible complications include infection, hoarseness, hematoma formation, paresis/paralysis, failure of fusion, continuing pain, & others. For the correct diagnosis it is an excellent procedure. ...Read more

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