An Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
Is a type of surgery involving the bones(vertebrae) and the discs in the neck.
An ACDF can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
In between every vertebrae is a spongy material (disc) that maintains the space between the bones of your spine. A common problem that can occur within the cervical spine is a disc herniation. This spongy disc material can sometimes become soft and squeeze(herniate) against the spinal cord or nerves. An ACDF is then performed to remove the herniated disc, relieving pressure from the spinal cord or nerves. After the disc material is removed, a spacer is then inserted to replace the original disc. The two bones are then fixed together with a plate and screws to help with stabilization during the healing process. An ACDF can be utilized to treat cervical spinal stenosis, cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve) and many other disorders of the cervical spine. The procedure is performed through a cosmetic incision. It is also done by utilizing a muscle sparing approach which results in minimal blood loss, very little discomfort, and a fast recovery.