At Spine Surgery Associates, all of our procedures are performed by a team of two Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons to maximize relief and minimize your recovery time.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) is a Minimally Invasive procedure that is performed to relieve pressure on a nerve in the cervical spine caused by a variety of Degenerative Disc Diseases. This procedure involves the removal of herniated spinal discs and/or bone spurs and uses an implant to fuse two of the spinal vertebrae together to increase stability in the spine.
During a Spinal Fusion surgery, magnification and proper illumination and specially designed surgical instruments are used to remove the herniated disc and/or bone spurs. Once removed, an implant is placed in the space formerly occupied by the disc. This implant is filled with the patients own bone material in an effort to help the bones fuse more naturally. Pedicle screws may be used to ensure stability of the newly fused segments.
This procedure requires an incision of about 3-4 cm and is performed on an outpatient basis. Our Minimally Invasive Approach avoids unnecessary muscle dissection and damage to the surrounding areas and utilizes fluoroscopic guidance to ensure accuracy. With this Minimally Invasive Approach, patients are able to return to their active routines much faster than with traditional spine surgery. At Spine Surgery Associates, all of our procedures are performed by a team of two Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons to maximize relief and minimize your recovery time.