Anterior Cervical Discectomy

About Anterior Cervical Discectomy

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease found in the neck. The procedure is performed through a small incision in the front of the neck. The surgeon makes a small tunnel to the spine by moving aside the muscles in the neck. With the help of a special X-ray, the surgeon will then remove the damaged disc. After the disc is removed, the surgeon will insert a bone or small titanium plate to immediately stabilize the spine. A cervical fusion is then performed, during which the surgeon fills the space left by removing the disc with a block of bone taken from the pelvis. Placing a bone graft between two or more vertebrae causes the vertebrae to grow together, or fuse.

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