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Neurosurgical Focus: Video


Anterior cervical foraminotomy (ACF) is an alternative surgical option for the treatment of refractory unilateral radiculopathy due to disc herniation or spondylosis. The efficacy and adverse event rate in experienced practitioners are comparable to those of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, total disc arthroplasty, and posterior foraminotomy. However, this technique has not been widely adopted, likely because of the proximity of the working zone and the vertebral artery. The authors present a detailed operative video of a patient successfully treated with an ACF. They also present a review of the ACF literature.

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anterior cervical foraminotomy, ACF, minimally invasive, MIS, radiculopathy

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