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ACDF 6/7 w/ partial corpectomy...how extensive is "partial"?

Scheduled for 8/25 and wondering what exactly this "partial" corpectomy is. I know the corpectomy procedure usually involves removal of the vertebral body due to disease/infection but not sure what to expect with the partial. My NS didn't mention any structural pathology associated with the vertebra in question aside from bone spurs and disc material causing cord compression. There was no discussion of this portion of the procedure during consult...only the discectomy and fusion. Surgical orders and procedure details written in his report for admitting hospital staff and insurance purposes mention the corpectomy. Is this possibly just the removal of spurs and cleaning up the vertebral surfaces? Or can I expect a more extensive removal of bone material? No strut graft was mentioned..only donor bone being supplied for fusion.

What say you all?


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