Use of the operating microscope in anterior cervical discectomy without fusion

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✓ The authors report their experience using the operating microscope in 52 anterior cervical discectomies without fusion. They found long-term results highly satisfactory, even in difficult cases with multiple-level disease, and complications from bone grafting were obviated. They highly recommend this approach for radicular, nonradicular, or myelopathic symptoms.

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    Sketch illustrating bone removal and technique of root decompression.

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    Left: Myelogram showing extensive degenerative disease before a C5–6, C6–7 discectomy was performed. Right: Myelogram 1 year postoperatively shows absence of osteophytes at operated levels.

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