Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion at C3-4 and C4-5
This exhibit depicts the performance of an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion at C3-5. The procedure begins with an incision over the anterior neck and exposure of C3-5. A sagittal section of the cervical spine shows disc herniations at C3-4 and C4-5 compressing the spinal canal. Distraction pins are placed in the C3 and C5 vertebral bodies. Discectomies are then performed. The vertebral endplates are drilled to bleeding bone and bone graft is placed into the disc spaces. The distraction pins are removed, and an anterior cervical plate is affixed to the spine with screws in C3-5.