ACDF Surgery:
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

ACDF stands for Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. It’s a common upper spine procedure performed by spinal surgeons. Let’s break it down:

1. What is ACDF Surgery?

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy: This part involves removing a disc from the front of the neck.
  • Fusion: It’s the process of joining two cervical bone blocks together.

2. The Purpose of ACDF Surgery:

  • The main goal is to widen the “motorway” and “exit slip road” for nerves to travel freely.
  • Think of it as clearing a path for the nerves to function smoothly (Read More –Spinal Motorway).

3. Surgical Procedure:

  • Pre-Operation:

    • The procedure is performed while you’re asleep.
    • Typically, you’ll stay in the hospital for one to two days.
  • During Operation:

    • The surgery involves several steps:
      • Removing the degenerated disc.
      • Clearing any bony spurs that might be causing issues.
      • Placing a cage or spacer in the disc space.
      • Depending on the specifics, a plate may be used for added support.

4. Post-Operation:

  • After surgery, you’ll be provided with:
    • A neck collar, which you should wear for four to six weeks.
    • Physiotherapy exercises to help with your recovery.

X-ray showing the plate and cages in position

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