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Vertebrectomy... what exactly is it?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had an ACDF last month and just got the doctor's bill. Two of the line items are "vertebrectomy." Does anyone know what this actually encompasses? There seems to be little info I can find on Google and the search engine here.



  • Hey Punker,

    If you type in "vertebrectomy" under the search line there are a lot of links you can explore. The brief explanation is that it is "a surgicalexcision of a vetrebra".

    At another site I found this explanation:

    This operation is performed either when there is abnormality affecting the bone of the vertebral body, such as a tumour deposit, or when there is pathology affecting the disc above and below one bone and the disc material is protruding behind the body of the intervening vertebra.

    The Operation is performed in exactly the same manner as an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, through a small incision in the front of the neck. The vertebral body is removed to reveal the ligament below which separates it from the dura, the membrane lining the spinal canal. This ligament is usually also removed and the spine thereby decompressed. The body of the vertebra is replaced either with a bone graft from the iliac crest (hip) or using a metal cage containing the bone fragments which were removed and act as a graft. A metal plate is often used to reinforce either type of fixation.

  • Thanks. I only seem to get two "hits" when I search that term here and the several on Google were not very helpful, but... you explained it :-)

    Thank you.

    I guess I am confused a little. I believe I had a three level ACDF, a two level vertebrectomy, and a single level corpectomy... or at least those are some of the line items on the bill. Maybe he took out the discs *and* vertebra? I know that he replaced discs with Hydrosorb and Infuse, but was unaware that he also replaced the bone as well?

    I have an appointment with him tomorrow... will ask him about it.

    Thanks again.
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