Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) is performed to remove pressure off of one or more nerve roots and/or the spinal cord.
This procedure commonly is used to treat cervical disc herniations, cervical spinal stenosis, cervical degenerative disc disease, cervical myelopathy, and cervical spondylosis.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion surgery has a very high success rate in alleviating radiating pain in the arm(s) and scores high in satisfaction for the appropriately selected patient. In fact, under the most ideal of circumstances which is a single level disc herniation, in a healthy, active individual, success rates approach 95%. This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis for many patients. While new types of instrumentation and implants continue to be developed, the overall ACDF technique continues to be the gold standard approach for many degenerative conditions of the cervical spine.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and benefits that should be discussed and considered.