An anterior cervical discectomy fusion (ACDF) procedure is an operation performed on the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots, or on the spinal cord.
Neck and arm pain, among other symptoms, may occur when an intervertebral disc herniates. This happens, either suddenly with injury or slowly over time, when some of the discâ€™s jelly-like center bulges or ruptures through its tough, fibrous outer ring and presses on a nerve.
When a disc ruptures in the cervical spine, it puts pressure on one or more nerve roots (often called nerve root compression) or on the spinal cord. This pressure causes symptoms in the neck, arms, and even legs.
Further pressure may be caused by rough edges of bone, called bone spurs, that naturally build up around some herniated discs.
In this operation, the cervical spine is reached through a small incision in the front of your neck. After the soft tissues of the neck are separated, the intervertebral disc and bone spurs are removed. The space left between the vertebrae may be left open or filled with a small piece of bone. In time the vertebrae may fuse, or join together.
Dr. Schell is a foremost expert in the performance of ACDF procedures. He regularly utilizes the latest technologies and techniques to performÂ ACDFs safely and effectively at a variety of convenient facilities. If you think you are a candidate for an ACDF, please contact Schell Spinal.