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.

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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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Is it true that anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is considered major surgery?

I would consider. It major surgery. This can be quite invasive and you are dealing with surgery around some very delicate structures with an anterior approach and operating on the spine. Either would be considered major. While I am not a large proponent of spinal surgery, neurosurgeons with experience in this procedure are safe and practiced at what they do and will minimalize risk as much as possible. Read more...
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. Read more...

I had anterior cervical discectomy with fusion surgery then a hematoma, Now a swollen lymph node at incision with no change. Should I be concerned?

If it is for sure. a lymph node, it is probably reactive to the incision and hematoma, no, you should not be concerned because it will probably go away. It could be something, though, so show it to the surgeon who performed your operation. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...