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2016, Volume 7, Number 3, Page(s) 181-188
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Anterior Cervical Plating A Historical Perspective
Benedikt W. Burkhardt and Joachim M. Oertel
Department of Neurosurgery, Saarland University Medical Center and Saarland University Faculty of Medicine, Homburg/Saar, Germany
Keywords: Anterior cervical plating, craniovertebral junction, spine biomechanics

In the 1950s Bailey and Badgley, Smith and Robinson, and Cloward were the first who independently reported the results of their new surgical technique for the treatment of cervical disc disease. 1-3 For the first time, these pioneers performed an anterior approach to the cervical spine and performed a discectomy to fuse the segment. Hence, the ever popular procedure anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) was born.

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