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Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in India at an affordable cost

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in India is provided by interdisciplinary teams of specialists and delivers top-quality neurosurgery combined with an active commitment to personalized care in an ambience of comfort and convenience. Hospitals of Mumbai and Chennai provide intensive care and the on-call medical, surgical and anesthetic teams and patients therefore benefit from both the advantages of private care, and the reassurance and safety provided by full back-services. Medical tourism in India work only with the finest private hospitals and surgeons to give best results for Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in India and to bring you the best medical care according to highest international standards.

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion:

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a common surgical procedure to treat nerve root or spinal cord compression by decompressing the spinal cord and nerve roots of the cervical spine in order to stabilize the corresponding vertebrae. Pain in the neck and extremities, among other symptoms, may occur when an intervertebral disc herniates - when the annulus fibrosus of the disc tears and the nucleus pulposus squeezes out and places pressure on neural structures, such as nerve roots or the spinal cord. Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion is an operation that involves relieving the pressure placed on nerve roots and/or the spinal cord by a herniated disc or bone spurs - a condition referred to as nerve root compression.

Candidate for Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion:

You may be a candidate for discectomy if you have:

  • diagnostic tests (MRI, CT, myelogram) show that you have a herniated or degenerative disc
  • significant weakness in your hand or arm
  • arm pain worse than neck pain
  • symptoms that have not improved with physical therapy or medication

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure:

In anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure the neurosurgeon enters the space between two discs through a small incision in front of and at the right or left side of the neck. The disc is completely removed, as well as arthritic bone spurs. The disc material, pressing on the spinal nerve or spinal cord, is then completely removed. During anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure intervertebral foramen, the bone channel through which the spinal nerve runs, is then enlarged with a drill giving the nerve more room to exit the spinal canal. To prevent the vertebrae from collapsing and to increase stability, the open space is often filled with bone graft, taken from the pelvis or cadaveric bone. The slow process of the bone graft joining the vertebrae together is called "fusion". Sometimes a titanium plate is screwed on the vertebrae to increase stability during fusion, especially when there is more than one disc involved.

Recovery

Surgeons have a specific post-operative recovery/exercise plan to help patients return to normal life as soon as possible. The amount of time that patient have to stay in the hospital will depend on this treatment plan. Generally anterior cervical discectomy and fusion requires a short stay in the clinic (1 to 3 days) and a gradual recovery between 4 to 6 weeks.

Risks in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

No surgery is without risks. General complications of any surgery include bleeding, infection, blood clots (deep vein thrombosis), and reactions to anesthesia. If spinal fusion is done at the same time as a discectomy, there is a greater risk of complications. Specific complications related to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion may include:

Hoarseness and swallowing difficulties

  • Vertebrae failing to fuse
  • Hardware fracture
  • Bone graft migration
  • Transitional syndrome
  • Nerve damage or persistent pain.

Why India:

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in India at neurosurgery centers of Mumbai and Chennai is very popular as facilities provided are comparable with other major hospital world-wide and the cost of surgery is much less as compared to west. Medical tourism in India makes continuous efforts to help foreign patients receive world-class medical treatments at considerably lower costs and in almost zero waiting periods. Medical tourism in India provides a combination of high-class medicine with the luxurious ambience of hotel-style accommodation, the perfect service of all-round care forms for international patients.

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