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(Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion)

What is ACDF?

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) is a minimally invasive surgery of the neck that involves removing a damaged disc to relieve nerve root or spinal cord pressure and alleviate corresponding pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling. Some conditions treated with ACDF include cervical radiculopathy, degenerative disc disease in the neck, herniated disc in the neck, cervical spinal stenosis, and cervical spinal fractures.

How is it performed?

This procedure is one that is performed through the front of the neck (anterior). The surgeon removes the disc(s) through a small incision. Once the discs are removed, a fusion is done to stabilize the cervical segment to provide stability and strength. This procedure may be done on one level or on multiple levels of the cervical spine.

How long will it take me to recover?

ACDF is a minimally invasive treatment which means smaller incisions are made that lead to faster recovery times. Though recovery time may vary, individuals are likely to feel much better by week 3 post-operation. Some patients are even cleared to return to work, on light duty, within a few days after surgery.

Think this surgery is what you need?

Please reach out to us and we can discuss your needs and get you back to your normal.
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