Anterior Cervical Fusion for an unstable cervical spine
This operation should be reserved only for those patients who have documented
evidence of spinal instability, ie., spondylolisthesis or subluxations,
documented by flexion-extension x-rays or other radiologic studies.
This is an "open" surgery, performed under general
anesthesia, by making a small incision in a skin crease anteriorly
in the neck. When the spine is exposed, an operating microscope
is used to provide maximum light and magnification. The disc and/or
bone spurs are removed and then a bone graft (taken either from
the hip or a donor) is inserted in the space formerly occupied by
the disc. The use of a titanium plate to further stabilize the spine
An ACF procedure takes approximately two hours. One or two discs can
be removed through the same incision.
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