Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
There are many types of treatments for spinal conditions. One such treatment is an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. When conservative treatments for a disc herniation in the neck fail to work, this may be the next option. During an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery, all or part of a herniated disc in the neck is removed so the vertebral bones that surroundthe removed disc can be joinedsurgically. Upon the removal of the disc, any affected vertebrae are reinforced and stabilized using a bone graft placed between the vertebrae. For additional stability, a titanium plate may be screwed into affected vertebral bones to ensure a safer recovery.
Benefits of Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery has many benefits, including its ability to provide relief of neck and arm pain caused by a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease. Because the surgery removes the affected vertebrae, the pressure on the nerves is released, effectively relieving any pain. Also, because the surgery uses an anterior approach, the sensitive nerves in and around the spinal cord are often left untouched, reducing the risk of neurological problems during the recovery period.
What to Expect from Central NJ Spine
When you visit our office for an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery, you can rest assured that our doctors always use the most advanced techniques and the least invasive procedures possible. We find that this often reduces recovery times and allows our patients to return to their normal lives.
In the aftermath of surgery, many of our patients experience nearly immediate relief frompain in their neck and arms. For some, however, the pain might persist for a few weeks after surgery, and some might even experience difficulty swallowing because the muscles and/or nerves might get irritated during surgery.
To ensure your recovery goes as well as possible, our doctors will schedule regular post-surgery appointments and are always available to answer any questions before andafter the surgery. Are you interested in learning more about an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery? Call our office at 201-371-6004 to schedule a consultation.