Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Surgery

Exceptional Care by Trusted Experts 

UVNN neurosurgeons are experienced in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery. As one of the first providers in the area to implement intraoperative computer-assisted image guidance in cervical spinal fusions, we prioritize minimally invasive techniques that support our patients in their care and recovery. 

UVNN is a top rated cervical fusion practice and has been recognized as best in class by US News and World Report for perfect scores in overall patient experience. Our surgeons continue to push the frontiers of spine care by utilizing the latest surgical techniques. 

What is Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Surgery?

ACDF surgery, commonly referred to as cervical fusion, is a minimally invasive procedure used to fuse together the bones of the cervical spine (neck). The surgery is used to treat patients suffering from chronic pain, nerve compression, and spinal instability as a result of cervical spondylosis or trauma to the spine. 

Surgery may be recommended for people with degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, and other conditions. Repairing the break down of the discs between the vertebrae can alleviate the patient’s pain, discomfort, and associated symptoms. 

Cervical Discectomy & Fusion Treats Patient Disorders

Symptoms of cervical spine disorders commonly include: 

  • Pain and/or numbness in the arms, legs, shoulders or neck 
  • Muscle weakness in the arms or legs
  • Instability or deformity in the cervical spine 
  • Reduced sensation in your hands and/or feet
  • Vision problems such as abnormal eye movements or double vision 
  • Throat abnormalities including problems swallowing 
  • Difficulty with speech such as hoarseness or slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination 
  • Urinary Urgency 
  • Imbalance 

Causes of Cervical Spine Disorders:

What to Expect During ACDF Surgery?

ACDF surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that uses small incisions and special instruments to access the cervical spine. The surgeon will remove any damaged discs or vertebrae and then fuse the remaining bones together.

During cervical fusion surgery, the surgeon may place bone grafts between the vertebrae. The bone grafts will eventually grow and fuse the vertebrae together.

Post Operative Surgical Care

After ACDF surgery patients will spend some time in the recovery room where they will be monitored by our post op team. The majority of patients will return home on the day of surgery.

Once home, it is important to take it easy and follow the surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care. This may include physical therapy and other exercises to help patients recover and regain strength. Complete recovery from cervical spinal discectomy and fusion can take several months.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgery, there are associated risks. Complications are rare and can be minimized by following the post operative care instructions provided by our patient care team.

ACDF Surgery Risks may include:

  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood clots
  • Persistent pain
  • Hardware failure
  • Unsuccessful Fusion

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