Anterior Cervical Discectomy

What is it?

Anterior cervical discectomy is an operation that involves relieving the pressure placed on the nerve roots and/or spinal cord by a herniated disc or bone spurs-  a common condition known as neuroforaminal or cervical stenosis.

What is done?

An understanding of what anterior cervical discectomy involves will help you to approach your operation and recovery with confidence. The operation is performed through a small incision on one side of the front of your neck. The surgeon exposes the source of the neural compression and removes the disc material and/or a portion of the bone around the nerve roots and/or spinal cord to relieve the compressed discs and give them additiona space. The operation is completed when your surgeon closes and dresses the incision.

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Disclaimer: As you read this, please keep in mind that all treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, and bowel or bladder problems are some of the potential adverse risks of spinal surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results, and other important medical information.