Anterior cervical postdiscectomy arthrodesis

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete

Presentation

Neck pain, pain radiating to both arms

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

Degenerative processes at all vertebral levels, with formation of osteophytes and decreased inter-vertebral disc space. An anterior C6-C7 cervical arthrodesis is observed.

Case Discussion

Anterior cervical discectomy allows the offending disc to be surgically removed. A discectomy is a form of surgical decompression, so the procedure may also be called an anterior cervical decompression. A fusion surgery is almost always done at the same time as the discectomy in order to stabilize the cervical segment. 

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