Anterior cervical discectomy and fusions can be performed with an intervertebral spacer as a secondary tactic to the procedure. The goal of this surgery is to relieve neck and chronic arm pain from stress triggered by discs pressing on nerve roots.
An incision is made on the front of the neck to begin the procedure and for easy access to reach the vertebral discs.
Removing the damaged discs provide immediate relief on the affected nerves. Pain alleviation can be seen very quickly, however a replacement must be inserted to fill in the vertebral gap and promote full functional support and mobility.
The area above and below the space where the removed disc once was is now clear as preparations for the vertebral spacer are made. The bone grafted implant is placed in between the vertebrae space.
Your surgeon may choose to screw a small metal plate over the vertebrae area to hold the bones in place for accessory healing assistance.
The fusion of the bones will occur as the vertebrae heals and knits together to form a new bone mass.
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