Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (including Disc Replacement)
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a surgical procedure performed to remove a herniated or degenerative disc in the cervical spine, the neck.
The surgeon approaches the spine from the front, through the throat area. After the disc is removed, the vertebrae above and below the disc space are fused together. The consultant may recommend a discectomy if physiotherapy or medication fails to relieve the neck or arm pain caused by inflamed and compressed spinal nerves.
Patients typically go home within a few days and recovery time takes four to six weeks.