Cervical stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated cervical disc are all conditions that would be helped with an anterior cervical fusion if the patient has failed all other conservative measures.
Here are a couple of excellent review videos of anterior cervical fusion surgery.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Howard S. An, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL presents a video on anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with anterior plate fixation is an established surgical treatment for patients with cervical disc disease. The video demonstrates the operative technique of an ACDF with anterior cervical plate fixation utilizing the PEAK polyaxial plate-screw system.
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Anterior Cervical Fusion Video
In this informative video, Dr. Corenman of the Steadman Group in Vail, CO provides a detailed description of the surgical procedure using both animation and actual video footage.
The purpose of this surgery is to restore the collapsed disc to the original height before degenerative changes occurred, remove herniation or bone spur to free the nerves or spinal cord and stabilize the segment to prevent further detrimental motion. The spine surgeon will perform this surgery with anterior surgery (from the front of the neck).
During this live spine surgery video, an anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF) is performed to decompress a nerve root at C6-7 in the cervical spine using live footage and animation.
Do you have additional questions about anterior cervical fusion? We have put together a Patient Guide that discusses anterior cervical fusion in more detail. If you would like access to this informative and easy to understand Patient Guide, just click this link and we’ll make sure you get your copy today. Patients’ Guide To Anterior Cervical Fusion
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