Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

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Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion - ACDF

Fast facts :

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a form of neck surgery that involves removing a damaged disc to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure and the pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling that goes along with it. Because a discectomy is a type of surgical decompression, it’s also known as an anterior cervical decompression.

  • ACDF Surgery to remove herniated disc compressing on the nerves in the cervical spine.
  • People with damaged discs can experience neck pain, radiating arm pain, unsteady gait or weakness in hands and legs.
  • To access the spine, the Spine Surgeon cuts a small incision in the front of the neck, followed by decompression and fusion by placing a cage and plate/screws
  • ACDF offers hope to people who live with chronic pain, numbness, or low mobility.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for a discectomy:

  • You have a herniated or degenerative disc, according to diagnostic testing (MRI, CT, myelogram).
  • a severe numbness in your hand or arm
  • Neck pain is worse than arm pain.
  • Symptoms that aren’t getting better after physical treatment or medicine

There are two parts to the surgery:

Anterior cervical discectomy is a procedure in which a disc is removed from the front of The procedure is performed from the front, or front, of the cervical spine (neck). After that, the disc between two spinal bones is removed.

Fusion: In order to stabilise the cervical section, a fusion surgery is performed at the same time as the discectomy. A fusion includes putting bone grafts and/or implants where the disc used to be in order to provide the area more stability and strength.

The success rate of this procedure is very high. People who underwent ACDF surgery for arm pain reported alleviation from pain in 93 to 100 percent of cases, whereas those who had ACDF surgery for neck pain had excellent results in 73 to 83 percent of cases.

Spine Decompression Surgery
Cervical Myelopathy/Stenosis

Case 1: 61-year-old male with severe radiating pain in upper limbs. Failed non-operative management. Operated with 2 levels anterior fusion with complete relief of symptoms