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Why is a metal plate attached to the fusion in ACDF surgery?

In an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), the metal plate attached to the fusion helps the bone heal, helps decrease neck pain after surgery, and may allow you to return to work and other activities sooner. A plate is not always necessary for surgery on a single disk but may be used for surgery on more than one disk. The plate does not need to be removed later.

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