Immediate post-op anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Surgeon requires immediate post-operative assessment of the C5/6 discectomy and fusion

Patient Data

Age: 80
Gender: Male

Disc spacer with anterior plate and screws transfixing the C5/6 disc. Note gas-filled wound tract outlining the surgical route, i.e. left anterior neck skin incision, passing medial ro external jugular vein, lateral to the larynx but deep (medial) to the carotid vessels and internal jugular down to the anterior cervical spine

Case Discussion

The wound tract is now curvaceous but would have been straight in surgery due to retraction of the vessels laterally and larynx medially.

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Case information

rID: 34505
Published: 24th Feb 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Spine
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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