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Reversal of c spine fusion with ADR

Started by Cheryl Stewart on 07/12/2010 9:24am

I had seen on this site a reversal of cspine fusion and use of ADR at c 5/6 6/7, where was this done and how can they know if you are a candidate? Thank you, Cher

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I think the article lists some key points at the end -

(a) Most fusions cannot be reversed once a solid arthrodesis has been achieved, especially if circumferential fusion has occurred. The key is the status of the facet joints.

(b) Placement of an artificial disc prosthesis may provide some protective effect to adjacent levels in terms of reducing the risk of developing accelerated adjacent segment disease.

(c) The long-term implications of placement of a Bryan disc cervical prosthesis are not known.

Pretty interesting article.

Thanks.

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