An anterior cervical discectomy (ACD) is the removal of a damaged disc (discectomy) in the neck (cervical) by accessing the spine via the front (anterior) of the neck. The ACD procedure is usually done in coordination with a fusion or a disc replacement.
A fusion joins the nearby disc areas together with a bone graft, thereby providing stability and maintaining vertebral height. However, a fusion also limits mobility for that part of the spine. A disc replacement keeps mobility by replacing the herniated disc with an artificial disc, such as a Mobi-C artificial spinal disc.
A discectomy removes herniated or diseased discs. Damaged discs can arise from other spine conditions:
Conditions that might be helped by an anterior cervical discectomy may have symptoms such as:
Compression of the damaged disc onto a nerve can cause weakness, numbness or pain.
At Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC), we use revolutionary techniques to make spinal surgeries safer, decrease the chance of complications and have faster patient recoveries. To shrink blood vessels and reduce blood loss, our spine surgeons use the Aquamantys® System, which uses radiofrequency energy and saline to close up blood vessels faster during surgery. The Misonix Ultrasonic device emulsifies (melts) targeted bone, yet preserves soft tissue such as the spinal membrane.
The procedure for an anterior cervical discectomy is usually in concert with a fusion (a bone graft that helps the bones join together) or an artificial disc replacement.
Patients lie on their back and are under anesthesia for the surgery.
Patients typically return home the same day of the treatment.
One of the largest and most highly specialized private practices in Long Island and the greater New York area, NSPC has over 25 affiliated physicians including 19 neurosurgeons in spine and brain surgery sub-specialties. If you have spondylosis, osteoarthritis, cervical radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, disc herniations or cervical fractures, contact one of our NY medical centers to talk with a spine specialist to see if you are a candidate for anterior cervical discectomy.
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