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posterior or anterior ...which one has the most risk?

ckmerccckmerc Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Having c4 to c6 fused with disk disectomy above and below 5. Then two days later they r going in from the back to fuse the paterior area as well.
From an infection and overall risk standpoint [damage to spinal cord]..I am assuming the anterior is the one that has more risk... though the posterior hurts worse after surgery..

Thoughts? Thanks....


  • Depends on what they are doing from the posterior side, but actually it also carries the higher risk. Most surgeons don't like to take disc from that side as it is much harder to get to, hence the reason they are doing a 360 on you, or I should say part of the reason. The other reason is they want to put the rods in the posterior side. Rods don't go on the anterior side. So it is not only the pain, but also the risk go higher with the posterior. Infection, I did get posterior but never on my anterior surgeries but honestly I don't know which is worse. Now from the front your cords and esphogus are of greater risk, as they have to moved out the way for the surgery.
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