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.
Yes. There are multiple mechanisms by which cervical spine problems produce headaches. Nevertheless, headaches are a common symptom after cervical surgery.

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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!

I am having terrible headaches after a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion. Related?

It may be related. Especially if the headache is positional -worse when up and about and better when lying down suggesting there may be a leak of spinal fluid from a dural tear. The dura is the outer layer of the spinal cord and this tear is a risk of surgery. See your surgeon. Other reasons could include muscular v medication v another disc issue.
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.

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

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.
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.
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.

I am getting surgery on my neck called an anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion?

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.

I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion and plates at c5-c7. My current MRI looks like one of the screws is pulling on spinal cord this possibl?

Artifact. Impossible to say for certain without the images, but metallic objects like screws cause a magnetic susceptibility or "bloom" artifact which obscures or distorts adjacent anatomy. It is not real, it is an artifact due to the interaction of the magnetic field with the screw. This commonly causes the thecal sac/cord to look distorted on MRI.

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.

How long does an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery take to be performed?

Recovery. The less invasive surgery is, the faster the recovery and the less chance of complications. First. See your primary care provider to be sure of the proper diagnosis. Then be sure to take prescription exactly as prescribed.
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How long should an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery take to complete in hours and minutes?

60min. With plate and cadver bone graft fast is not always better.
In a skinny patient. In a non obese individual with a long, thin neck without any prior surgery to the area and for a single level by a surgeon who does this routinely, about an hour to an hour and a half if not harvesting iliac bone graft. If harvesting bone graft, that adds on another 15 to 30 minutes if it is a tricottical graft or wedge piece. If it is just a coring by a needle, then only a few minutes.
Depends. Many factors can influence the length of surgery. A one level takes about an hour. A two level a little under two hours. Check out Spine-health. Com.

What are the details of the surgical procedure called anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?

See below. This operation in performed thru the front portion of the neck from either the right or left side. With dissection the anterior or front of the selected vertebrae. The disc is identified & with the use special instruments the disc & any bone spurs are removed. Either a cage or bone strut is inserted. A plate & screws may or may not be used to further stabilize the segment. Home within 24 hours.
Microscopic. The incision is in front of neck & >inch. Using a microscope careful dissection is made bluntly b/w strap muscles & carotid sheath down to the spine. The disc is identified then removed & then nerves & spinal cord are decompressed. Trialling is done for a plastic or bone spacer then plate w/ screws. Patients go home >24 hrs. For full animation feel free to view www. Thespinepro. Com.
Website. I will refer you to an excellent website that answers your question quite well. Spinehealth. Com.