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What is a cervical disc replacement with fusion?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Robert Pashman
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Not FDA approved

Cervical disc replacement on one level and a fusion on another level during the same surgery is not FDA approved and considered experimental.
For more information, visit www.eSpine.com

In brief: Not FDA approved

Cervical disc replacement on one level and a fusion on another level during the same surgery is not FDA approved and considered experimental.
For more information, visit www.eSpine.com
Dr. Robert Pashman
Dr. Robert Pashman
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Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Spinal reconstructio

An anterior cervical disc replacement usually refers to an artificial disc but reconstruction has motion preserving options (artificial disc) and motion taking options.
Consultation with an expert on both will answer which is best for a specific person.

In brief: Spinal reconstructio

An anterior cervical disc replacement usually refers to an artificial disc but reconstruction has motion preserving options (artificial disc) and motion taking options.
Consultation with an expert on both will answer which is best for a specific person.
Dr. Robert Masson
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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