Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery
February 11, 2014
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This study evaluates the efficacy of post-operative hard cervical collar wear in patients undergoing anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery of 3 or more levels. 60 patients will be enrolled in this study and the study follow-up period is 6 weeks after ACDF surgery.
• Patients at least 18 years old undergoing anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery of 3 or more levels.
• Patients under 18 years of age
• Non-surgical candidate defined as any patient deemed by the surgeon not to be a surgical candidate cannot participate for the following reasons: the patient does not meet the indications for ACDF surgery, the patient has a contraindication to surgery such as medical comorbidities, pregnancy, etc.
• Patients unwilling or unable to complete PRO instruments or study questionnaires at the specified study timepoints pre- and post-operatively.
• Patients unable to tolerate hard cervical collar wear for a 2 to 6 week time period.
Darren R. Lebl, MD