How Does an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) Relieve Neck Pain?

Patients suffering from neck pain commonly ask about surgical options. One option is an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). For this procedure, I make a small incision on the front of the neck to remove the intervertebral disc, which acts like a cushion between two vertebral bodies. I place a bone between the vertebral bodies, which will fuse together as the neck heals. This surgery treats conditions such as radiculopathies or nerve root injuries that cause pain, numbness or tingling.

An ACDF can also be an option for to treat myelopathy, a compression of the spinal cord itself, which can cause balance and coordination issues or trouble with fine motor skills. For more information about ACDF, please watch my video below.

Patients with other neck and back conditions may find the following information helpful:

Theodore Koreckij, M.D., Orthopedic SurgeonAbout the Author: Theodore Koreckij, M.D. is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the spine, including adult degenerative disorders and conditions associated with metastatic disease.


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