Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion
About this Surgery
Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is an operation that involves relieving the pressure placed on nerve roots, the spinal cord or both by a herniated disc or bone spurs.
Through a small incision madein a natural deep skin crease in the front of the neck, the surgeon:
- Removes the intervertebral disc to access the compressed neural structures
- Places a bone graft to fuse adjacent vertebrae
- In some cases, implants a small metal plate to stabilize the spine while it heals
- In certain cases, an artificial disc may be placed
Please keep in mind that all treatments and outcomes are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, and bowel or bladder problems are some of the potential adverse risks of surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results and other important medical information.