What is Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion?
Patients who have been diagnosed with any of the following cervical spine conditions may be candidates for anterior cervical decompression and fusion:
- A cervical fracture
- A herniated cervical disc
- Cervical radiculopathy or compressed nerve root due to a bone spur
- Degenerative disc disease
- Cervical myelopathy
As a spine surgeon, Dr. Braxton works closely with patients experiencing these conditions. Commonly, he will recommend the use of select non-operative treatments ahead of any surgical recommendations. In cases when expected results are not achieved non-surgically, or when a condition poses a risk to the spinal cord if left untreated, the anterior cervical decompression and fusion procedure is one of Dr. Braxton’s advanced surgical techniques of choice.
The purpose of the procedure is to address abnormal conditions of the cervical spine and restore spinal health. During the procedure:
- Disc herniation or bone spur growth is removed
- Compressed nerves are freed up
- Loss of disc space is restored
New bone is grafted in place of the treated areas and titanium plates are used to stabilize the disc. The healing process creates the fusion that allows for recovery from cervical pain and symptoms and a return to a patient’s preferred lifestyle.