Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion {ACDF) is a type of minimally invasive neck surgery, designed to treat nerve root and spinal cord compression. The surgeon performs a discectomy to the cervical spine in order to remove a herniated or degenerative disc and decompress the nerve roots and spinal cord to stabilize the vertebrae. Through this procedure, pressure on the area is relieved, and the corresponding pain and numbness is alleviated.

ACDF surgery uses specific instruments in order to avoid cutting into the soft tissues, and therefore causes less pain than traditional methods of surgery. The minimally invasive procedures used in this type of surgery are safer, quicker, and allow for a faster recovery time. In fact, most of these surgeries are performed in an outpatient setting, and patients are able to return home the same day of the surgery.

With ACDF, the incision is much smaller, so there is less blood loss and less pain that occurs. Because of this, the need for post-op pain medication is reduced.

Who Needs ACDF Surgery?
This minimally invasive procedure may be an option for patients suffering from cervical radiculopathy, a herniated or degenerative disk in the neck, cervical spinal, stenosis, and cervical spinal fracture.

Miami Neck Specialists can perform this surgery on patients suffering from disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and other spine and neck problems in Miami. Call for a consultation to find out if ACDF surgery is right for you. For those patients who do not have significant degenerative changes, disk replacement is another option and can provide the same great relief without the loss of motion.