Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF)
The Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF) is a procedure typically used to treat cervial disc herniation using an anterior (from the front) approach. A discectomy is performed which allows the offending disc to be surgically removed which can relieve spinal cord or root pressure, thus alleviating pain, weakness, numbness and tingling associated with the herniation.
A fusion is then performed to stabilize the cervical segment. A spinal fusion is designed to stop motion at a specific vertebral segment to decrease pain that is generated from that joint or to stabilize the spine.
Conditions treated with Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF)
- Herniated disc
- Spinal deformities
- Trauma relating in broken vertebrae