What does it mean to have an anterior cervical discectomy fusion?

Joining bones. A fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. For this, the approach is from the front removing the intervening disc & replacing it with a piece of bone or a metal v plastic like cage filled with bone that may be secured with screws or plate & screws or no instrumentation.
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.
Arm pain relief. Incision made on front of neck target disc removed space filled with bone from donor bone or your pelvis allowed to heal joining two bones together in neck stopping motion at one level 95%sucess rate2%complication.

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I am having an anterior cervical discectomy with fusion. What can I expect?

Neck soreness. Most anterior cervical fusions are tolerated very well. There wil be some neck pain and stiffness. If you have arm symptoms, those should resolve after surgery- some right away and others over time. The stiffness and soreness improves in a few weeks. You'll have some throat soreness and maybe a "catch" in your throat when you swallow. Overall, it gets better quickly. Good luck!
Hopefully success! Depends if this is primary or revision surgery & whether one level or more. Also, are you having bone graft taken from pelvic region? Have you had prior neck area surgery or do you have an enlarged thyroid or had any radiation treatment to this region? Do you smoke? Do you have alot of medical issues like diabetes? If 1level & 1st time with no graft from hip, overnite stay & healed 8-12 weeks.
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.

Got anterior cervical discectomy & fusion C5-C6 the 4 of june 2015. I still got pain in my left arm. How many months should I expect having pain?

Depends see below. If arm pain is new since surgery you need images to discover scource if pain is persistant from prior to surgery and completely unchanged with surgery then re image and seek scource if just milder version of preop pain then final results are at about 6 months to a year tesults vary.

I had an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion of c5-c6 about 7 weeks ago. The last 2 mornings my hands and feet are swollen. What can cause this?

Anterior cervical. The operation should not cause swelling of your hands or feet. Blood pressure medication can often cause this. A high salt intake may also do it. It is not associated with your acdf but it doesn't hurt to call your surgeon's office. You should see your family doctor.
Not the previous op. Your previous surgery shouldn't enter into this. You should see your doctor right away.

Is anterior cervical discectomy with fusion considered a major surgery?

It is small tissue. Small in the tissue operated on but the complication easy recovery possible are significant when it goes well it is minor surgery but best describe all surgeries around your spinal cord as major.
If it is you! It depends on one's perspective and really on how healthy you are and how severe the disc herniation is and if any other associated pathology or if there was any other prior surgery or treatment (radiation) through the surgical approach that may complicate the surgery or if you are a smoker, obese, diabetic, have an existing chronic remote infection, renal disease etc.
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.