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Over the last 25 years, cervical radiculopathy which had been unresponsive to conservative measures such as anti-inflammatory medications, rest, activity modification, physical therapy and pain management injections, have been treated with a cervical discectomy and fusion, when the etiology is that of a cervical disc herniation. The results have overall been extremely successful. Published literature reports results anywhere from 80 to 95 percent for a one level radiculopathy disc herniation, treated by discectomy and fusion. Typically, this has involved a discectomy procedure with complete removal of the disc, followed by replacement of that disc with an allograft, autograft or intravertebral PEEK cage device, combined with plate and screws. Despite the overall excellent results, significant issues continue to arise concerning the use of this technology.