Arthroscopic Anterior Diskectomy of the Cervical Spine

Francis A. Pflum, M.D., Ronald M. Selby, M.D., and Jerald P. Vizzone, D.O.

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  • Anterior cervical diskectomy has been accepted as a treatment for disk decompression for over 45 years. Twenty years ago, it was accepted that cervical diskectomy with or without a fusion resulted in similar patient satisfaction. It has been suggested that partial diskectomy with preservation of the anterior disk would be a beneficial procedure by which to accomplish decompression without instability. Historically, there have been many contributors to the development of this technique, which has been performed numerous times with consistent, reproducible results and no serious complications.