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Neurosurgery. 2006 Apr;58(4 Suppl 2):ONS-355-9; discussion ONS-359.

Anterior cervical discectomy and corpectomy.

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Michigan Head and Spine Institute, Section of Neurosurgery, Providence Medical Center, Southfield, Michigan, USA.



The objective of this review article is to describe the authors' operative technique for performing anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion.


The authors reviewed their operative technique and experience to clearly detail the general methods utilized to safely and effectively perform anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion. Specific nuances peculiar to the authors' technique were identified and highlighted.


The operative technique for anterior cervical corpectomy, including nuances for enhancing ease or outcome of surgery, is described in detail. Drawings and photographs are included where appropriate to highlight specific aspects of the procedural technique.


Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion is a well known technique that proceeds in a consistent and logical sequence of maneuvers. Specific technical nuances at various points enhance the ease and safety of the technique, as well as the completeness of the eventual result.

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