Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF)
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About our services
An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a surgical procedure to remove a herniated or damaged disc from the cervical spine. Symptoms of a herniated disc in the cervical spine are:
- Neck pain
- Arm pain
- Paraesthesia in the arm/fingers
- Tingling/numbness in the fingers
- Cervical myeloradiculopathy
- Manual dexterity i.e dropping jars out of hands and not being able to grip things
An ACDF is performed by making a small incision in the side of the neck at the throat area. The damaged or worn disc is removed, and a special graft called a cage is inserted, to fuse the bones above and below the disc space. A titanium plate is then secured over the bones (vertebrae) to secure it. The aim of this surgery is to remove pressure on the spinal nerves in the neck region.
A patient is usually in hospital for two to three days for this procedure.