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2019 Sep 20

J Neurosurg Spine

Perioperative complications with multilevel anterior and posterior cervical decompression and fusion.


Wewel JT, Brahimaj BC, Kasliwal MK, Traynelis VC
J Neurosurg Spine. 2019 Sep 20:1-6.
PMID: 31710423.


Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a progressive degenerative pathology that frequently affects older individuals and causes spinal cord compression with symptoms of neck pain, radiculopathy, and weakness. Anterior decompression and fusion is the primary intervention to prevent neurological deterioration; however, in severe cases, circumferential decompression and fusion is necessary. Published data regarding perioperative morbidity associated with these complex operations are scarce. In this study, the authors sought to add to this important body of literature by documenting a large single-surgeon experience of single-session circumferential cervical decompression and fusion.