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How long should an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery take to complete in hours and minutes?
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: 60min
With plate and cadver bone graft fast is not always better.

In brief: 60min
With plate and cadver bone graft fast is not always better.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
For a one level fusion, it takes about one hour in some hands, but there are surgeons who may routinely take over three hours. The most important aspect of the surgery is an adequate safe removal of the offending disc and a good preparation and peformance of the fusion. Of course, with multiple levels involved the surgery can be expected to take longer.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
In brief: 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.

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