Bulging disc before and after a discectomy with fusion.


What is an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion?

An anterior cervical discectomy with fusion (ACDF) is a procedure designed to remove herniated disc material in the cervical spine. In the case of a cervical injury, the surgeon reaches the damaged disc from the front of the spine through the neck.

After the disc is removed, a space between the vertebrae is empty. The pressure is released from the pinched nerve roots, and the pain is relieved. To prevent the vertebrae from collapsing and rubbing together the surgeon fills the open disc space with a PEEK spacer, and they are stabilized with a plate to allow bone growth and a solid fusion. The two vertebrae form one solid piece of bone in 3 to 6 months.

Am I a good candidate for ACDF?

You may be a good candidate for an ACDF if you experience severe neck pain, weakness, or numbness that prevents you from participating in normal daily activity. If your neck symptoms do not improve after four weeks of non-surgical treatments or a physical examination shows you have motion loss, abnormal feeling, or weakness that will likely improve surgery.

Used To Treat These Conditions

Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is most often an age-related condition, resulting from the normal wear and tear of the body.

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How will I feel after surgery?

The majority of patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their symptoms while other symptoms may improve more gradually. A positive attitude and following your doctor’s post-surgery instructions will contribute to a satisfactory outcome.

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