Complications of cervical disk surgery.

J. S. Ullman, M. B. Camins, K. D. Post

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The common complications of cervical disk surgery using the posterior and the anterior approach are discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of diskectomy with and without fusion are also presented. Complications of cervical disk surgery are a function of the type of procedure, the specific anatomic approach, and the experience of the surgeon. Although the posterior approach may be used for posterolateral or lateral herniated disks and foramenal osteophytes, the anterior approach is safer for central herniated disks and osteophyte formation. At The Mount Sinai Hospital, anterior-approach cervical diskectomy, whether with or without fusion, is preferred to the posterior approach for all herniations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-279
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Global Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1994


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