A prospective randomized study of anterior single-level cervical disc operations with long-term follow-up: surgical fusion is unnecessary.

@article{Savolainen1998APR,
  title={A prospective randomized study of anterior single-level cervical disc operations with long-term follow-up: surgical fusion is unnecessary.},
  author={Sakari Savolainen and Jaakko Rinne and J Hernesniemi},
  journal={Neurosurgery},
  year={1998},
  volume={43 1},
  pages={51-5}
}
OBJECTIVE After 40 years of experience with anterior cervical operations, whether to fuse is still controversial. This study seeks to answer this question. METHODS In this prospective randomized study, we operated on 91 patients with single-level cervical root compression using three different methods: 1) discectomy without fusion, 2) fusion with autologous bone graft, and 3) fusion with autologous bone graft plus plating. RESULTS After 4 years of follow-up, the radiological results… CONTINUE READING