My doctor has suggested I undergo anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for spondylosis. He has offered surgery without the use of hardware, or with the use of a plate for hardware. Does it make a difference?
A surgeon recently studied outcomes of 170 of his patients who underwent single level ACDF without instrumentation. Their outcomes are similar to outcomes of surgeons who advocate the use of ACDF with plate instrumentation.
J. Jagannathan et al. Radiographic and clinical outcomes following single-level anterior cervical discectomy and allograft fusion without plate ploacement or cervical collar. J Neruosurg Spine. May, 2008. Vol 8. Pp. 420-428.
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