ANTERIOR CERVICAL DISCECTOMY AND FUSION (ACDF)
Minimally invasive neck surgery to relieve pressure on the spine alleviating pain.
WHAT IS ANTERIOR CERVICAL DISCECTOMY AND FUSION?
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a form of neck surgery involving the removal a damaged disc to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure, alleviating the corresponding pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling. This minimally invasive procedure involves both a discectomy, the removal of damaged or herniated discs, and a spinal fusion to allow for parts of the spinal bone to fuse together and provide more stability in the spine. The surgery is referred to as “anterior” due to the surgeon accessing the disc through the front of the neck, rather than through the back. Patients typically go home the same day of surgery and recover within about 4 to 6 weeks. For the fusion to fully heal into one solid, strong bone it may take a full 12 to 18 months.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT ANTERIOR CERVICAL DISCECTOMY AND FUSION:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Usually performed on an outpatient basis with patients going home the same day as surgery
- The anterior approach allows easier access to discs and less postoperative pain
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED BY ANTERIOR CERVICAL DISCECTOMY AND FUSION:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Bone spurs caused by arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR ANTERIOR CERVICAL DISCECTOMY AND FUSION?
If you have symptoms that have not improved with physical therapy or other forms of conservative care and positive diagnostic results, you may be a candidate for this procedure.