5050 N.E. Hoyt Street, Suite 340, Portland, OR 97213
PHONE (503) 234-9861  |  FAX (503) 238-0873

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Indications in Portland, Oregon

What is Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion?

An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is surgery designed to take two vertebrae in your neck and “weld” them together with a piece of bone. The bone is taken from your pelvis or from a cadaver (allograft bone) and is placed between the vertebrae in the front (anterior) part of your cervical spine. The bone is placed in the area of the spine that is degenerated, and the disc is completely removed. It takes the body approximately 6 months to fuse these together solidly.

When is Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Indicated?

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is generally designed to relieve pressure upon the spinal cord or nerve roots. In most cases patients have severe neck or arm pain from pinching of the spinal cord or nerves. Sometimes patients experience myelopathy or weakness in the legs. Other indications include instability due to disc degeneration, fracture, tumor, or scoliosis.

What are the Details of the Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion?

The procedure takes about 2 to 3 hours to perform. An incision is made across the front part of your neck, usually on the left side. The incision goes past your esophagus and trachea, and your spine is directly under this area. The entire disc is removed and then a piece of bone is put in its place, this can come from your pelvis or a cadaver. Usually a metal plate and screws are then placed on the spine to stabilize the area of surgery. After surgery, you are usually somewhat hoarse, and there is some difficulty involved in swallowing. This is quite common. You can get up and around the day of surgery and will be in a soft collar.

Dr. Button is experienced in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and if you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss this or other procedures further, click here.

Read More About Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Risks and Success Rate in Portland, Oregon »
Anterior Cervical Fusion Animation »
Learn More »