Anterior cervical spine surgery

John F. Bebawy*, Antoun Koht, Srdjan Mirkovic

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a routinely performed surgery whose purpose is to relieve spinal stenosis, remove intervertebral disc and bony matter which may be impinging upon neural elements, and also to mechanically stabilize the cervical spine after such material is removed. Herniated intervertebral disc material or osteophytes in the spinal canal or intervertebral foramina may cause compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots, respectively. Such compression may lead to radiculopathy, myelopathy, or both, and can present with significant symptoms such as pain, numbness, paresthesias, weakness, or paralysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMonitoring the Nervous System for Anesthesiologists and Other Health Care Professionals
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781461403081
ISBN (Print)1461403073, 9781461403074
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012


  • Anterior
  • Anterior cervical spine surgery
  • Cervical
  • Diminished baseline MEP
  • Diminished baseline SSEP
  • Somatosensory evoked potentials
  • Spine
  • Spontaneous electromyography
  • Surgery
  • Transcranial motor evoked potentials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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