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Uploaded on Nov 18, 2010
Featuring Dr Carlo Bellabarba, Anterior neck surgery allows for a very meaningful and complete surgical decompression of a compromised spinal cord and nerve roots. Limitations of this technique, however, exist in terms of its potential to achieve a successful fusion, loss of alignment and bone graft donor site morbidity. Recent advances in techniques under utilization of cages and improved plate designs have shown encouraging improvements in patient outcomes.