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Dr. Mark Weston
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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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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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Dr. Edward Hellman
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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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Is a peek interbody cage visible on x-rays? I had a anterior cervical discectomy and fusion done from c3-t1 and on the x-rays i see no screws, etc.

Is a peek interbody cage visible on x-rays? I had a anterior cervical discectomy and fusion done from c3-t1 and on the x-rays i see no screws, etc.

Yes: The spacer is radiolucent but does have markers that allow visualization of the spacer on x-rays. The peek spacer does allow the surgeon to confirm the fusion has taken place over time. ...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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Dr. Douglas Linville II
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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. Robert Kent
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I am having terrible headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion? What should I do

If upper level: Fusions, find an interventional pain dr and discuss the possibility of trying some interventional techniques from trigger points to greater and third occipital nerve blocks which may help greatly with these headaches. Headaches after these surgeries can also be related to cervical paraspinal spasms, so make sure your muscles are not contributing and consider further physical therapy. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
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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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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


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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