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Simple Cervical Discectomy: An Option for Cervical Pain Management

Nasser, Munir J. MD, JBNS; Al Anazi, Abdulrahman MD, FKFU, JBNS, FACS, FICS

doi: 10.1097/WNQ.0b013e3181bd5f17
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Objective To describe the long-term pain outcomes of patients who have had anterior cervical discectomy at 1 or 2 levels without fusion for cervical disc prolapse.

Method This retrospective study reviewed the medical records of all 74 patients who underwent anterior cervical discectomy without fusion at King Fahd Hospital of the University (KFHU), Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, between June 1998 and August 2007. All patients were evaluated using the Meuhlbauer et al scoring system from 2 to 9 years after operation.

Results Seventy-four patients were evaluated clinically by Meuhlbauer et al scoring system for at least 2 years postoperatively. The dramatic improvements in pain scoring system and root-related deficit scoring system were documented.

Conclusions Our results indicate that anterior cervical discectomy without fusion is an effective decompression technique for treating pain due to cervical disc disease in properly selected patients.

Department of Neurosurgery, King Fahad Hospital of the University, King Faisal University, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Reprints: Abdul Rahman Al-Anazi, MD, FKFU, JBNS, FACS, FICS, Department of Neurosurgery, King Fahad Hospital of the University, King Faisal University, P.O. Box 40010, Al-Khobar 31952, Saudi Arabia (e-mail: abdulalanazi@yahoo.com).

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