Journal of Clinical Medicine Research, ISSN 1918-3003 print, 1918-3011 online, Open Access
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Original Article

Volume 8, Number 7, July 2016, pages 506-512

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Practice Patterns Among Greek Spinal Surgeons


Figure 1.
Figure 1. Histogram depicting comparative results between neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons in regard to the usage of allograft, the implantation of anterior cervical plate, the prescription of an external spinal orthotic device, and the recommendation for postoperative physical therapy.


Table 1. Translated Brief Outline of the Distributed Questionnaire
SectionRelated information
Surgeon’s backgroundResidency training background
Spinal fellowship
Type and length in clinical practice
Practice devoted to spinal surgery
ProcedureCriteria for ACDF intervention
Frequency of ACDF employment
GraftType of the preferred graft
Criteria for graft preference
PlatingCriteria for plating application
Frequency of plating application
Postoperative careCriteria and length of ESO employment
Reasons for prescribing physical therapy
Length of medical leave of absence


Table 2. Surgeon’s Clinical Experience
Years in practiceNeurosurgeons (%)Orthopedics (%)Total (%)
≤ 1019.62521.3
11 - 2044.616.736.3
≥ 2135.758.342.5


Table 3. Type of Practice
Neurosurgeons (%)Orthopedics (%)Total (%)
Solo private practice28.654.236.3
Academic position16.1-11.3
Private practice group-8.32.5