Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a treatment used to remove a herniated disc in the cervical portion of the spine.
If you are experiencing neck pain and have not found relief from more conservative treatments, you should talk with your doctor or make an appointment for a consultation with Southern Laser Spine today about minimally invasive spine treatments like ACDF.
ACDF is a surgical procedure that involves both a discectomy, which involves the removal of a vertebral disc, and a spinal fusion, which allows for parts of the spinal bone to stabilize and fuse together.
In the procedure, Dr. Alexander makes a small incision in the skin around the throat, and uses an endoscope to help guide surgical instruments into the treatment area, which are used to remove the damaged disc and clean out the area between the vertebrae.
Bone graft material is then inserted into the surgical area, with a metal plate secured over the graft area. The bone graft fuses the vertebrae together – following surgery, your body begins its healing process and new bone cells grow around the inserted graft. In 3 to 6 months, the bone graft should fuse and form a solid bone structure.
All types of surgery can involve risk, no matter how minimally invasive. If you frequently experience neck pain, you should talk with your doctor about all of your treatment options, both non-surgical and surgical.
After any spinal fusion procedure, some patients may notice some range-of-motion loss, but this can vary. Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a well-researched and established procedure and has helped to provide relief in most of our patients.
If you have any questions about the procedure or are experiencing spinal conditions that are painful, make an appointment to talk with Dr. Alexander and the Southern Laser Spine team today.