The anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is an effective alternative to the traditional cervical fusion, allowing the surgeon to remove a damaged or diseased disc while adding stability to the spine.
The anterior cervical discectomy and fusion allows the surgeon to enter the front of the neck through a small incision.
By using our minimally invasive techniques, we are able to eliminate a number of the traditional complications and risks associated with neck fusions. These advantages include:
- Small incision
- Reduced risk of infection and complication
- Shorter or no hospital stay
- Minimal scarring or muscle damage
- Shorter overall recovery
What is our anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?
Our anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a surgical procedure to relieve neck and arm pain caused by a herniated or diseased disc pressing on nerve roots or the spinal cord. This is accomplished by removing the damaged disc to decompress the spinal cord or affected nerve roots.
Using minimally invasive techniques, a small incision is made on the front of the neck and the damaged disc is removed. A minimally invasive fusion is then performed, by placing a bone graft in the open space where the disc formally sat. This allows the surgeon to add space to the area, supporting the vertebra to prevent collapse. On occasion, the surgeon will also attach a small metal plate over the area to increase stability as the bone graft knits together with adjacent vertebrae during the healing process.
Common spine conditions treated by our anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?
As we age, the discs that cushion the vertebrae in our spines often begin to degenerate, causing them to shrink in size, which can cause the surrounding nerves or nerve roots to become compressed or impinged. This degenerative disc disease can also be caused by accident or injury in some patients, and can result in debilitating pain and symptoms.
Our anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is used to treat degenerative disc disease, as well as other disc-related symptoms that cause chronic pain, including:
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Pinched Nerve
- Slipped discs
If you are suffering from these or similar conditions, you may be able to find relief through our anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
Common symptoms relieved by our anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?
This procedure is able to treat the above conditions that generally cause some of the most debilitating and chronic symptoms, including:
- Loss of control or motion
- Weakness in hands or arms
- Inability to move without pain
- Radiating pain
- Localized pain in the neck
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