A Comparison of Outcomes of Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion in Patients With and Without Radicular Symptoms


Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is commonly performed for degenerative conditions of the cervical spine with good to excellent results. There is controversy over the use of ACDF for patients with axial neck pain alone. A retrospective review of 202 patients from two private practice orthopaedic spine surgeons following ACDF with 39-month mean follow-up was performed. Patients completed pain drawings, pre- and postoperative visual analog pain scales (VAS), Oswestry functional capacity evaluations (OSW), and a postoperative neck disability index. Forty-one patients had axial neck pain alone, and 161 had radicular pain with or without neck pain. There were significant improvements in VAS and OSW scores following surgery for the combined study population as well as the neck pain only and radicular pain groups (p < .01). ACDF can be effectively used for treatment of patients with axial neck pain without radicular symptoms. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 15(1):24–26, 2006)

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Jason C. Eck, DO, MS,  S. Craig Humphreys, MD, Scott D. Hodges, DO,
Peggy Levi, BS, RN