Anterior Cervical Fusion

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.

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