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The anterior cervical fusion is the "gold standard" surgical option for treatment of herniated discs, arthritis and bone spurs in the neck. Generally, this is an outpatient surgery associated with a well-tolerated recovery. In this operation, an incision is made on the front of the neck and the disc and bone spurs are removed with the surgeon looking through a microscope. The disc is replaced with a bone graft, and a titanium plate and screws are applied to hold the bones together. The operation is very effective for pinched nerves causing arm pain and sometimes effective for neck pains. Patients have a sore throat and stiff neck muscles for a while after the surgery.