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Anterior hybrid surgery requires an incision in your abdomen typically via the left side, slightly larger to facilitate a two level procedure. A specialized surgical approach and dissection is performed to access and expose the anterior spine anywhere from L2, L3, L4, L4, S1. Here three vertebral levels will be accessed. Once surgical access is achieved to the area where the damaged discs or other disease is present, a spine surgeon removes the diseased discs (two of them). At one of the spinal levels, the surgeon will insert an artificial disc device into the interspace and between the vertebral endplates where the diseased disc was removed. At the other level, the surgeon inserts a replaces the disceased disc with a spacer (bone wedge, bone graft, metallic spacer, cage, or other synthetic material) and bone graft added to the interior of the spacer and/or along its outer surface in order to initiate a fusion of the bones at this level.

The surgical site is sutured closed.

The patient is typically in the hospital for up to 3 days, and then requires a recovery period for 2 weeks with lighter than normal activities. During the time up to 3 months the bone graft heals to a solid mass of bone connecting the two vertebral bodies through the area were the disc was removed (much like a fracture heals). The instrumentation that was placed at surgery provides stability over the healing interval after the surgery until the bone is completely healed. This type of fusion surgery once healed prevents mechanical instability.

Patient Testimonials

"I had a Cervical Spine Surgery February 2017 and Lumbar Spine Surgery November 2017. Both Surgeries were a Success. I feel so much better....No More Pain! Thank You, Dr. Kropf... You're the BEST!"

-Martha B

“Dr. Kropf is a very knowledgeable and experienced surgeon. He is just as straight forward and honest as I remember him from 19 years ago. He did an amazing job with my back then, that I flew across the country to discuss the second surgery with him!”
"First off, I believe Dr. Kropf helped save my life! It's been 6 months since I had my surgery and my spine has fused successfully! Dr. Kropf and his amazing staff treated me like a human being instead of just a patient! The support and encouragement they gave me throughout the few years I have been going is incomparable! Thank you to all those who helped me during my recovery, especially Sakura, and Trisha! You are all Angels on Earth! God Bless you!"

-Stefifi A

"This man gave me my life back! I wouldn't be working today with him as a spine nurse ! I had a cervical fusion & artificial disc replacement for my lower back ! He's caring & compassionate & so is his staff ! He saved my husbands life also by ordering the right tests & got him to another specialist , I feel so blessed to have him! "

-Anastacia H

"Dr. Kropf is literally a miracle worker. I have suffered with horrible pain for years from herniation at L4/5 & L5/S1. Had a prior micro-surgery from another surgeon which did not work. Dr. Kropf performed a double fusion through the stomach and back. Had my 7 month follow up yesterday and got a clean bill of health. Honestly, after about 5 months I was totally pain free. He completely nailed it!!! I also just referred one of my good friends who also feel in love with Dr.Kropf. I had interviewed 7 surgeons with my wife and we both agreed that there was no one better to do my surgery. This was not a fun thing to go through, but so worth it. Katie, Sakura, and Trisha also were awesome to deal with and super responsive."

-Lee E