What is an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)?

If you’re suffering from neck pain, it’s critical to seek a medical diagnosis from an experienced surgeon. While surgery is not always necessary, there may come a point when an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion is the only way to eliminate your pain.

As a minimally invasive procedure, it’s designed to remove all or part of a diseased or damaged intervertebral disc. By doing so, the pressure on your spinal nerve is relieved, thus resulting in the pain-free life you’ve been dreaming of.

When there is unnecessary pressure on nerve roots and/or the spinal cord by a herniated disc or bone spurs, pain and discomfort becomes a way of life. There may be other treatments you can experiment with before a cervical discectomy, but it’s critical to work closely with your medical team to ensure that you’re heading down the right path. You don’t want to do anything that could complicate your situation. 

Many people suffer from severe neck pain, but never learn more about the benefits of a cervical discectomy. With a small incision site and a shorter recovery period than traditional surgery, it could be the perfect solution.

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.