Spine Surgery: Anterior Cervical Discectomy

 

Andrew M. Casden, MD

Andrew M. Casden, MD Andrew M. Casden, MD, a board-certified spine surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and an expert in minimally invasive spine surgery, performs a minimally invasive anterior cervical discectomy surgery with fusion and instrumentation for a patient with a herniated disk in the ...
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Dr. Andrew M. Casden, a board-certified spine surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and an expert in minimally invasive spine surgery, will perform a minimally invasive Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion and Instrumentation. Anterior cervical discectomy is typically done for patients who have a rupture, or herniation, of the shock absorbing disc between two cervical (neck) vertebrae, or who have arthritic spurs of bone. The pressure on the nerve and spinal cord from the disc or spur results in pain and/or weakness in the neck or arms. More severe symptoms can include difficulty with walking and loss of balance. If non-operative treatment fails to relieve the symptoms, surgery may be performed to relieve the compression.

The surgery is comprised of three parts:

  • The removal of the disc or spur causing the compression of the nerve or spinal cord.
  • A bone graft is put in place to fill the area where the disc/spur was removed, which will unite the adjacent vertebrae together; this is called a fusion.
  • Lastly, a titanium plate is fixed to the spine to add stability and keep the bone graft in place.

Surgery is performed with the use of an operating microscope, giving the spine surgeon a greatly magnified view of the affected area through a smaller incision. The majority of patients are up and walking a few hours after surgery. 

Dr. Andrew M. Casden
5 East 98 Street, Box 1188
New York, NY 10029
For appointments, please call 212.241.1073.  

222 Westchester Avenue, Suite 308
West Harrison, NY 10604
For appointments, please call 914.885.2501.