Results of anterior discectomy without fusion for treatment of cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy
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In this retrospective study 180 patients were submitted to anterior discectomy without fusion for cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy. Ninety-five patients presented with single-level discopathy, the main symptom being radiculopathy in this group. Eighty-five patients presented with multiple-level discopathy, the main symptom being myelopathy instead of radiculopathy. No serious complications were observed in either group. In the single-level discopathy group the improvement of the radiculopathy was 94.7% and of the myelopathy, 87.5%, whereas in the multiple-level discopathy group the improvement of the myelopathy was 57.1% and of the radiculopathy, 66.6%. It is concluded that anterior cervical discectomy without interbody fusion is a safe and effective surgical method for the treatment of radiculopathy and less so for myelopathy.
Key wordsAnterior cervical surgery Disc herniation radiculopathy Myelopathy Discectomy Fusion
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