Anterior Cervical Discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a surgical procedure performed to remove a herniated or degenerated disk in the cervical spine (neck). Discectomy essentially means “cutting the disc” and can be performed anywhere from the cervical spine (neck) to lumbar spine(back).
ACDF is performed with an anterior approach, meaning that the surgeon reaches the damaged disk from the front of the spine rather than the back. Surgical procedure from the front of the neck has a few advantages. The primary advantage is the disk can be reached without interrupting spinal cord, spinal nerves, or muscles of the neck. Another advantage is that the patient tends to have less incisional pain post-operatively.
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