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Neck FAQ

Question:

Is it really necessary to use a cervical collar following cervical fusion?

Answer:

Traditionally, ACDF without instrumentation has usually been treated postoperatively with the use of a rigid cervical collar. One advantage of ACDF with instrumentation is that most surgeons do not require the use of a rigid cervical collar postoperatively. A surgeon who recently studied 170 of his patients who underwent ACDF without instrumentation and without the use of a rigid cervical collar feels that outcomes are similar to published outcomes of ACDF with 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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