Female C3-5 Anterior Cervical Discectomy Utilizing Traction and Fusion with Bone Graft
This exhibit depicts a C3-5 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with bone graft. The procedure begins with the placement of Gardner Wells tongs to provide longitudinal cervical traction. An incision is made over the anterior neck, the anterior spine is exposed, and the C3-5 disc herniations are removed. Bilateral foraminotomies are then performed to decompress the cervical nerve roots. The vertebral endplates are decorticated with a high speed drill, and bone graft is impacted into the disc spaces. Lastly, the fusion is stabilized with the placement of an anterior cervical plate and screws.