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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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Fusion (Definition)

Surgery to cause two or more spine segments to be joined together through a growth of bone initiated by the placement of bone tissue or graft taken from the patient or from a donor source or even a manufactured source which could include: bone growth proteins and particulate structures that act as scaffolds for bone to grow on and may include implants or instrumentation ...Read more


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How serious is cervical spinal fusion..?

How serious is cervical spinal fusion..?

A common procedure: Cervical spinal fusion for a herniated cervical disc is a common procedure done by neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. There are certainly risks to the surgery, but in the proper hands the outcomes are excellent. You also need to evaluate the situation and ensure that the symptoms can be treated effectively with the fusion. ...Read more

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What are the possible risks of NOT having surgery when anterior lumbar interbody fusion with posterior fixation is indicated (ALIF L4,L5,S1,fix L5-S1?

What are the possible risks of NOT having surgery when anterior lumbar interbody fusion with posterior fixation is indicated (ALIF L4,L5,S1,fix L5-S1?

Depends: Have you tried nonsurgical options? Surgery is typically indicated if you're having neurologic dysfunction and/or chronic intractable pain from a serious disc herniation and have failed to improve with conservative options. At your age make sure that you've had a couple of opinions and have tried nonsurgical options including physical therapy, medication, and possibly injections ...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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Is anterior cervical discectomy with fusion considered a major surgery?

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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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 is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

A type of spine : Surgery where implants which are usually several screws that attach to the bones of the spine and are then interconnected over one or more levels with usually a pair of metal rods -this is the instrumentation. A fusion is a healing together of two or more spine bones or vertebra with the use of bone material or synthetic substitutes. ...Read more

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When is a cervical discectomy surgery indicated?

Disc herniation: The most common reason for discectomy is pain caused by disc herniation and refractory to nonoperative treatment. Less frequently, the surgery is performed for neurologic compromise (weakness, numbness) due to disc herniation. ...Read more

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How is an anterior lumbar interbody fusion different from a posterior lumbar ?

How is an anterior lumbar interbody fusion different from a posterior lumbar ?

The approach: Anterior lumbar fusions utilize an approach through the abdomen called a retro peritoneal approach. This approach actually never enters the cavity containing the intestines, rather goes around it. This approach will allow access to the lumbar spine for fusion. The approach carries risks because the large veins and arteries need to be moved. ...Read more

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What is status post-lower cervical spine fusion and diskectomy?

A term meaning that: Someone had a spine surgery involving the neck most typically from anterior or front approach involving removal of cervical disc and filling the disc space with either bone or a cage & bone as well as possibly some spine instrumentation or hardware in the lower part of the neck or cervical spine. The disc spaces range from c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c5-6, c6-7 & c7-t1. The lower 3 would be one of them. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a spinal fusion operation?

How dangerous is a spinal fusion operation?

This really depends: On the health & age of the patient, the extent of the surgery in terms of number of levels, stages and reason for the surgery as well as the skill and expertise of the surgeon. If medically stable for this surgery, not obese, not a smoker, not diabetic, not over 60, not a revision surgery, then rates of complications are low but not zero with a very low mortality rate. ...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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How harmful is a spinal fusion surgery?

How harmful is a spinal fusion surgery?

Depends if it: Is necessary. If you are having motor weakness or instability of the spine, then it is beneficial. If you are not, then follow up on other options as these surgeries, when not indicated, more often then not trade pain at one level for pain at the next level from the fusion. These surgeries can lead to pain if not needed, so make sure it is absolute necessary before moving ahead. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need an anterior lumbar interbody fusion?

How common is it for someone to need  an anterior lumbar interbody fusion?

Fairly routine: Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (alif) is a procedure that is routinely performed to treated degenerative disc disease/spinal instability. It is most commonly performed on the l5-s1 level. ...Read more

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How is a cervical artificial disc replacement surgery performed?

Like a fusion: A cervical disc arthroplasty (disc replacement) is approached the same way a cervical fusion is done. Which is through a small incision in the front of the neck. But instead of placing bone graft in the space that the disc used to occupy for fusion, it is replaced with a mobile disc replacement. The procedure takes just as long as a fusion. ...Read more

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What is a cervical disc replacement with fusion?

What is a cervical disc replacement with fusion?

Fusion: Replacement these days often refers to an artificial disk. As you are using the term, the disk is removed and replaced with a spacer (bone, metal, plastic, bone substitute). The plate and screws provide additional stability. The bones connected by the spacer and plate grow together (ideally) to form a single bone. ...Read more

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Cervical disc replacement surgery. How successful is it?

Approximately 88%: Several outcome studies have shown that approximately 88% of patients who undergo cervical disc replacement surgery have good results. This compared favorably to arthrodesis good results of 85%. Additionally, cervical disc replacement surgery significantly decrease adjacent disc disease. ...Read more

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How risky is a pregnancy years after scoliosis spinal fusion surgery?

How risky is a pregnancy years after scoliosis spinal fusion surgery?

It's not!: I am not aware of any significant contraindications to pregnancy or elevated risks due to a spinal fusion surgery. ...Read more

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How beneficial is surgery for cervical radiculopathy?

75% improve: About 75% are improved on follow-up 2 years after surgery. ...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


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