Anterior Cervical Corpectomy

Anterior Cervical Corpectomy is performed when there is compression of the spinal cord due to metastatic tumors, traumatic, migrated disc herniations, and spondylosis to name a few. The approach is done from the front of the neck under general anesthesia. The intervertebral discs are removed following which the vertebral body is removed, and the spinal cord exposed and decompressed. The spine is subsequently reconstructed and stabilized using cages packed with bone graft followed by placement of plate and screws into the adjacent vertebral body. The patient is typically discharged from the hospital within a day or two. Over time the bone will grow into the adjoining vertebral body and become one. A cervical collar is typically utilized postoperatively.