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Anterior Cervical Fusion and Discectomy

Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming anterior cervical fusion and discectomy procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is an anterior cervical fusion and discectomy procedure?

An anterior cervical fusion and discectomy procedure is a type of spinal surgery that is performed to treat conditions affecting the cervical spine, such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the damaged disc and replace it with a bone graft or implant. The bone graft or implant will eventually fuse with the adjacent vertebrae, creating a stable and supportive structure.

Before the procedure:

Before your surgery, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss the procedure and ask any questions you may have. You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, and fast for a certain period of time before your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.

During the procedure:

The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make a small incision in the front of your neck to access the cervical spine. The damaged disc will be removed, and a bone graft or implant will be inserted in its place. Your surgeon may also use metal plates or screws to hold the vertebrae in place while the bone graft fuses with the adjacent vertebrae.

After the procedure:

After your surgery, you will be monitored in the recovery room until you are alert and stable enough to be transferred to a hospital room. You may need to stay in the hospital for a few days to recover. Your surgeon will provide you with instructions on how to care for your incision, manage any pain or discomfort, and gradually resume your normal activities.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your anterior cervical fusion and discectomy procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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