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Anterior Cervical Fusion

Anterior cervical fusion involves an incision to the anterior neck, and through this portal,surgeons are able to enter the spine and disc spaces.  Disc fragments can be removed, and an anterior metallic plate with screw fixation is applied, to widen and stabilize the gap between bones which had been affected by the disc collapse.  Sometimes bone graft material is inserted between the vertebrae, replacing in a sense the degenerated disc.  In 4-6 months, the graft material matures, fusing the adjacent vertebrae, and eliminating the painful degenerated disc space that had existed earlier.

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