The implant spans the length of the two fused spinal bones. The implant sits in front of those vertebrae. They are fastened to the bones by means of small screws drilled deeply into the center of each vertebra. One the bones have fused, the patient is left with the metal implant on the front of their neck bones, for life.
Medtronic, Medtronic Announces Introduction of MYSTIQUE Plate, the First Resorbable Implant for Spinal Surgery, August 22, 2005 Retrieved from Yahoo News August 23, 2005
Spine University, associated with Spine Center, Colorado Springs Orthopedic Group A Patients Guide to Anterior Cervical Fusion Retrieved from: http://www.spineuniversity.com/public/spinesub.asp?id=60 August 23, 2005