Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) is a procedure where nerve root compression caused by a cervical disc herniation is relieved through the front of the neck. In order to stabilize the cervical segment, fusion surgery is usually performed during the same procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there are certain patients who tend to be better candidates than others.
A cervical disc herniation is likely to respond well to non-surgical options such as certain prescription or over-the-counter medications. However, when non-surgical options do not work, standard criteria for ACDF candidates include:
ACDF is considered a very reliable procedure when it comes to relieving disc pain that doesn’t respond well to other treatment options. Patients often do not have problems with:
The location of the neck fusion performed as part of an ACDF doesn’t involve an area involved with significant neck movement, meaning that patients usually retain most or all of their normal range of motion.
The incision for ACDF is typically made parallel to the natural folds of the skin, meaning scaring is minimal and will fade over time.
Difficulty swallowing, according to some estimates, can occur in about 18 percent of patients. Described as a feeling of having something stuck in your throat, this usually goes away over time.
If an ACDF procedure is deemed necessary, patients can typically return home the same day. Are you interested in learning more about ACDF surgery and if you are a good candidate? Visit our website at www.laspine.com or call us directly at 310-828-7757 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.