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Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) is a surgical procedure performed on the cervical spine, specifically the neck. This surgery involves an anterior approach, where the surgeon accesses the cervical spine through the front of the neck, avoiding disruption to the muscles in the back. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged or herniated disc that is causing compression on the spinal cord or nerve roots. This discectomy aims to alleviate pressure and relieve symptoms such as pain, numbness, or weakness. Following the removal of the disc, the adjacent vertebrae are fused together using a bone graft, either from the patient’s own body or a donor.

 

Additionally, a metal plate and screws are often employed to stabilize the spine during the fusion process. The instrumentation provides stability and support for proper alignment during the healing period. ACDF is commonly recommended for conditions like herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and cervical radiculopathy. The ultimate goal of ACDF is to alleviate pain, improve neurological symptoms, and stabilize the cervical spine, promoting a return to a more active and pain-free lifestyle. Recovery and rehabilitation after ACDF vary among individuals, and the decision to undergo this procedure should be made in consultation with a qualified healthcare professional after a thorough evaluation of the patient’s specific condition

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Conditions Related To ACDF

Kyphosis

Kyphosis is a medical term used to describe an excessive outward curvature of the spine, leading to a forward rounding or hump-like appearance in the upper back or thoracic region.

Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy is a condition characterized by compression or irritation of the nerve roots in the cervical spine (neck region). This compression can result in pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness that radiates into the arms.

Myelopathy

Cervical myelopathy is a condition characterized by dysfunction of the spinal cord in the neck region, specifically in the cervical spine. It is often caused by compression or narrowing of the spinal canal, leading to a range of neurological symptoms.

Cervical Stenosis

Cervical stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck region, known as the cervical spine. This narrowing can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to a variety of symptoms.

Headaches

Headaches are a common and often disruptive condition that can vary in intensity, duration, and cause. They can stem from a variety of factors, and understanding the different types of headaches can be crucial for effective management.

Neck Pain/Stiffness

Neck pain and stiffness are common symptoms that many individuals experience at some point in their lives. These symptoms can arise from various causes, ranging from muscle strain to underlying medical conditions.

Herniated Disc

Cervical herniated disc is a condition that occurs when the outer layer of a disc in the neck region tears, causing the inner material to protrude and potentially irritate nearby nerves.

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