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

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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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
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Dr. Pietro Seni
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Cervical fusion

Anterio rcervical fusion is usually done for degerative disc disease.
Incision anterior neck , removal of the disc materal and bone spurs, placement of some type of bone graft and then fixation with bone plate fixed to the vertebrae with screws.

In brief: Cervical fusion

Anterio rcervical fusion is usually done for degerative disc disease.
Incision anterior neck , removal of the disc materal and bone spurs, placement of some type of bone graft and then fixation with bone plate fixed to the vertebrae with screws.
Dr. Pietro Seni
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