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Eur Spine J. 1995;4(1):45-51.

Anterior discectomy without interbody fusion for cervical disc herniation.

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Unité de Pathologie Rachidienne, Hôpital Tripode, Bordeaux, France.


Between 1985 and 1990, 68 patients with cervical radiculopathy due to soft disc herniation were treated by anterior cervical discectomy without interbody fusion. Eleven patients were unavailable for follow-up examination. The mean follow-up was 23 months (range 12-54 months). Both clinical and radiographic follow-ups were done, and 92% of the patients was found to have excellent or good clinical results. Radiographic follow-up revealed that 34% had fused spontaneously and 66% developed fibrous healing of the disc space with an average range of mobility of 2.07 deg. All patients were shown to be stable on flexion-extension films. Complications included two transient CSF leaks. No neurologic deficits arose. One patient was reoperated and fused for intractable residual neck pain. We conclude that anterior cervical discectomy without interbody fusion is a simple, safe and effective procedure for patients with soft disc herniation.

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