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Could anterior cervical discectomy with fusion be considered a major surgery?
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes!
The surgery is major, though generally well tolerated.
The surgery is near the spinal cord and many nerves. It requires moving the esophagus, the muscular tube where food passes to your stomach. The windpipe and voice box are also moved. Any of these can be injured or work less well after surgery (temporarily or permanently). Risk depends on many factors, so talk to your surgeon.

In brief: Yes!
The surgery is major, though generally well tolerated.
The surgery is near the spinal cord and many nerves. It requires moving the esophagus, the muscular tube where food passes to your stomach. The windpipe and voice box are also moved. Any of these can be injured or work less well after surgery (temporarily or permanently). Risk depends on many factors, so talk to your surgeon.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Anterior cervical fusion surgery is typically very well tolerated and routine, with a smooth recovery.
However, because of the proximity of the spinal cord and other critical structures in the neck, it is by definition, a high risk procedure, with the potential of major complications. Be sure to find a surgeon who will thoroughly review the risks and benefits to allow for an informed decision.

In brief: Yes
Anterior cervical fusion surgery is typically very well tolerated and routine, with a smooth recovery.
However, because of the proximity of the spinal cord and other critical structures in the neck, it is by definition, a high risk procedure, with the potential of major complications. Be sure to find a surgeon who will thoroughly review the risks and benefits to allow for an informed decision.
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
In brief: Absolutely
It is a common surgery for spine surgeons and most patients do well.
However, it is certainly considered major surgery. Check out spine-health.Com.

In brief: Absolutely
It is a common surgery for spine surgeons and most patients do well.
However, it is certainly considered major surgery. Check out spine-health.Com.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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