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Can you explain the surgery for herniated disks in their neck where it had to be fused?
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Yes
Standard approach for cervical disc surgery is to remove it through the front of neck excavating it from the spinal cord allowing for safe approach & excellent decompression but now you have to stabilize the spine by fusing it.
An alternative to a fusion is an artificial disc. Occasionally, disc herniation can be fixed from posterior approach without fusion if it is very lateral or to the side.

In brief: Yes
Standard approach for cervical disc surgery is to remove it through the front of neck excavating it from the spinal cord allowing for safe approach & excellent decompression but now you have to stabilize the spine by fusing it.
An alternative to a fusion is an artificial disc. Occasionally, disc herniation can be fixed from posterior approach without fusion if it is very lateral or to the side.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Remove disc
Remove disc, take pressure of nerve and stabilize spine.

In brief: Remove disc
Remove disc, take pressure of nerve and stabilize spine.
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
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