Long term outcome and adjacent disc degeneration after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with titanium cylindrical cages.

By London Spine

Long term outcome and adjacent disc degeneration after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with titanium cylindrical cages.

Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2009 Apr;151(4):303-9; discussion 309

Authors: Sugawara T, Itoh Y, Hirano Y, Higashiyama N, Mizoi K

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is widely performed for the treatment of cervical spinal degenerative disease. Autogenic or allogenic bone grafts are used for interbody fusion with satisfactory long term outcomes. However, harvest of the autograft causes donor site complications and allograft is associated with low fusion rate. Threaded titanium cages (TC) have recently been introduced to cope with these disadvantages, but there is little evidence of long term results.

PMID: 19262984 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]