ACDF means Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. Anterior cervical discectomy means removal of disc from the front of the neck, and fusion means joining of the two blocks of cervical bone. It is one of the most common types of upper spine operation done by any Spinal Surgeon. The primary aim of the surgery is to widen the motorway and exit slip road for the nerve to travel freely(Read More-Spinal Motorway). This is achieved by removing the degenerated disc and clearing of the offending bony spur at slip road. Once adequate decompression is achieved, a cage or spacer is placed in the disc space. Depending upon the number of levels, pathology and Surgeon’s preference, a plate maybe needed to supplement the fixation.
The procedure is performed while you are asleep and requires a day or two of hospital stay.
Postoperatively, you will be provided with a collar (for four to six weeks) and physiotherapy exercises to go home with.