Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion
ACDF surgery may be an alternative when physical treatment or remedies fail to cure your neck or arm pain is induced by pinched nerves. Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion involve removal of a Herniated or degenerative disc in the neck. A hole is made in the throat area to reach and remove the disc and a graft is inserted to blend together the bones above and below the disc.
Who is the right candidate?
You may be the right candidate for discectomy if you have:
- Symptomatic tests like MRI, CT, myelogram show that you have a herniated or degenerative disc
- Notable weakness in your hand or arm
- Arm pain harmful than neck pain
- Symptoms that have not improved with physical therapy or medication
ACDF is useful in treating the following conditions:
Protruding and herniated disc: The gel-like substance inside the disc can bulge or burst through a weak area in the encompassing wall. Irritation and swelling occur when this matter squeezes out and painfully squeezes on a nerve.
Degenerative disc disease: When discs naturally fade out, bone spurs form and the side joints inflame. The plates dry out and shrink, losing their plasticity and cushioning properties. The disc spaces get smaller and the changes lead to canal stenosis or disc herniation.