Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

If you have been afflicted with a herniated disc due to disease or damage, an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion could be the solution to your suffering. By meeting with our seasoned and highly skilled team of neurosurgeons you can gain access to the neck pain relief you have been searching for.

What Conditions Does an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Treat?

An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, or more commonly called ACDF surgery, is used to treat a damaged disc in the neck, or cervical portion of your spine. Many times when a disc is diseased or herniated it can cause chronic pain due to it pressing on the roots of the nerves in your spine. Many people that suffer from this issue also have pain that radiates outwards to their arms.

What Is an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion with an Intervertebral Spacer Procedure?

The ACDF procedure is a minimally invasive neck fusion surgery. During this cervical spine surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia. A small incision is made on the front of the neck and your muscles and tendons are gently pushed aside in order to access your spine. Using minimally invasive surgery techniques, your physician decreases your recovery time, limits blood loss, and diminishes your chance of infection and post-surgery pain.

Your spine surgeon will remove the damaged disc and insert a bone graft to replace it. This graft can come from a variety of places, including your hip, a donor, or a synthetic material. The graft is used to keep the vertebrae in the correct position once the disc is removed. Your doctor will then use a metal plate and screws to make sure the graft is properly secured.

The small incision will then be closed and over time the bone graft will grow and fuse the spinal vertebrae. This will relieve pressure on your spinal nerves and help relieve your chronic pain.

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