Sentinel sign in standalone anterior cervical fusion: Outcomes and fusion rate.

J Orthop 2018 Dec 24;15(4):935-939. Epub 2018 Aug 24.

Less Exposure Surgery Specialists Institute (LESS Institute), USA.

Background: The authors aim to demonstrate the feasibility, outcomes and fusion rate of a standalone PEEK cage in the outpatient setting.

Methods: 48 consecutive patients undergoing standalone ACDF (S-ACDF) (Group 1) were compared to control group of 49 patients who had ACDF with ACP (Group 2).

Results: Analysis of follow-up at the one year period postoperative outcomes between groups 1 and 2 demonstrated no intergroup statistical significant difference in VAS neck, arm and NDI scores p = 0.414, 0.06 and p = 0.328 respectively.

Conclusion: We conclude that S-ACDF can be safely done in an ambulatory surgery center with satisfactory clinical and patient-reported outcomes.

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December 2018
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