Rates of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion after initial posterior cervical foraminotomy.

@article{Wang2015RatesOA,
  title={Rates of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion after initial posterior cervical foraminotomy.},
  author={Timothy Y Wang and Daniel Lubelski and Kalil G. Abdullah and Michael P. Steinmetz and Edward C. Benzel and Thomas E. Mroz},
  journal={The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society},
  year={2015},
  volume={15 5},
  pages={971-6}
}
BACKGROUND CONTEXT In select patients, posterior cervical foraminotomy (PCF) and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) result in similar clinical outcomes when used to treat cervical radiculopathy. Nonetheless, ACDF is performed more frequently, in part because of surgeon perception that PCF requires operative revisions more frequently. The present study investigates the rate of ACDF reoperation at the index level after initial PCF. PURPOSE To determine the rate of ACDF after initial… CONTINUE READING