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How does cervical fusion surgery for cervical disc disease work?

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With cervical fusion surgery, the surgeon removes the damaged disc and puts a bone graft in the space between the vertebrae. The bone graft will eventually fuse to the vertebrae above and below it. A metal plate may be screwed into the vertebrae above and below the graft to hold the bone in place while it heals and fuses with the vertebrae.

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves First of a Kind Medical Device to Treat Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease." Hilibrand, A.S. 1999. Kee Kim, MD, associate professor of neurological surgery and chief of spinal neurosurgery, University of California at Davis.


The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons web site: "Implications of Adjacent Segment Disease After Cervical Spine Surgery."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 07, 2018

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves First of a Kind Medical Device to Treat Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease." Hilibrand, A.S. 1999. Kee Kim, MD, associate professor of neurological surgery and chief of spinal neurosurgery, University of California at Davis.


The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons web site: "Implications of Adjacent Segment Disease After Cervical Spine Surgery."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 07, 2018

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