J Korean Soc Spine Surg.  2019 Dec;26(4):172-177. 10.4184/jkss.2019.26.4.172.

Clinical Efficacy of Cages in Anterior Cervical Fusion for Degenerative Cervical Disease

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. amhangpark@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Kyungpook, Korea.
  • 3Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Catholic University Hospital, Daegu, Korea.
  • 4Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Catholic University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inje University College of Medicine, Buson, Korea.
  • 6Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chonbuk National University, Chonbuk, Korea.

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN: Review of the literature.
OBJECTIVES
To present up-to-date information on the use of cages in anterior cervical fusion for degenerative cervical disease. SUMMARY OF LITERATURE REVIEW: The use of cages in anterior cervical fusion for degenerative cervical disease remains controversial.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Review of the relevant literature.
RESULTS
The use of cages in anterior cervical fusion of one and multiple disc levels was effective in terms of biomechanical stability and clinical outcomes without complications at the donor site compared with use of an autograft. However, the use of only a cage had many drawbacks, so the combined use of a cage and a cervical plate is recommended.
CONCLUSIONS
The use of cages in anterior cervical fusion was effective in terms of clinical outcomes, and the combined use of a cage and a cervical plate is recommended.

Keyword

Degenerative cervical disease; Anterior cervical fusion; Clinical efficacy; Cage; Cervical plate

MeSH Terms

Autografts
Humans
Tissue Donors
Treatment Outcome*
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