Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion
Cervical discectomy is used to treat the disease of the spinal cord in cervical area (neck). Due to a herniated disc, a person may have pain or numbness or loss of mobility in the neck area.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion release the pressure that has been built on spinal cord due to the displacement of the disc in that region. The modern technique like Endoscopic Micro Discectomy helps the quicker recovery of the patient.
Who Needs Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion?
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion is required to get relief from serious pain from nerve root that has become inflamed due to a herniated disc. The disc is a jelly-like substance that is in place between vertebrae function as a shock absorber. It can be displaced or come out of its position just like it would happen in a case of slip disc.
Once it is out of its place it presses on the nerve root or spinal cord thus causing pain and difficulty in movement. Degenerative disc disease called spondylosis is commonly known as spondylitis is also a reason. The disc is made up of 80% water. As a person ages, this water starts to dry-up causing the disc to shrink. This causes tear in the annulus (surrounding wall) and leading to inflammation of nerve root. Patient suffering from spondylitis, neck pain due to degeneration, the stiffness of the neck and limited mobility will benefit from this procedure.
Cost Estimate for Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
USD 5000 to 6500 (For entire treatment in the hospital). No Hidden cost.
About Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
The surgeon makes a small incision in front (anterior) of the neck and at an incision on the right or left side of the neck. The herniated or degenerated disc is removed as well as the damaged bone spurs are removed. The pressure that was built on the spinal nerve or spinal cord is relieved. The intervertebral i.e. the bone channel through which the spinal nerve runs is then enlarged to give more room for the nerve to exit the spinal canal.
Expected Outcome and Recovery after Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
The patient is discharged after 1 to 3 days depending on the recovery post surgery. However complete recovery may take 3 to 6 weeks. The patient is advised to wear neck brace or collar till recommended by the doctor. It is especially required when traveling, sleeping, showering and while doing other activity to ensure spinal alignment during the recovery period. During this period patient maybe be required to undergo physiotherapy as suggested by treating surgeon.
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3 Days in Hospital Stay Includes
Investigations including MRI/CT Scan. · Pharmacy · Consumables · Nursing · Surgeon and other experts · ICU · Anterior Cervical Disc Replacement Implant · Stay of Attendant · Food of 2 during the stay in the hospital · Airport Pick-up and drop
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