Single level cervical fusion by an anterior approach using autologous bone graft influences the adjacent levels degenerative changes: Clinical and radiographic results at 10-year minimum follow-up

C. Faldini, M. T. Miscione, F. Acri, D. Leonetti, M. Nanni, M. Chehrassan, S. Giannini

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Abstract

Introduction: Cervical degenerative pathology can produce pain and disability and, in case of failure of conservative treatment surgery is indicated. Materials and methods: 107 patients affected by single level cervical degenerative pathology were surgically treated by Cloward procedure. On radiographs, the sagittal segmental alignment (SSA) of the affected level and sagittal alignment of the cervical spine were measured. Results: Preoperatively, mean SSA was 0.6° and at the last follow-up 1.8°. In particular, adjacent-level degeneration occurred more frequently in Group A than in Group B. Conclusion: Lordotic SSA angle can be considered a protective factor against adjacent-level degeneration.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Spine Journal
Volume21
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • Cervical anterior approach
  • Cervical disc herniation
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Cloward procedure
  • Long-term follow-up
  • Single level

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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