Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) is a type of cervical spine surgery from the front (anterior) of the neck (cervical). Anterior approaches involve less muscle stripping from the spine and allow access to the discs at the front of the spine compared to a back (posterior) approach. It provides the physician with direct access to the cervical spine, and patients tend to have less incisional pain from this approach.
An ACDF surgery consists of removing the damaged disc and then growing bone between the vertebrae above and below. ACDF procedures may be performed with the use of an implant, such as a plate, to provide support until fusion occurs.
ACDF surgery is a very common procedure relative to overall spine surgeries and has a long and studied record of positive outcomes. © Nuvasive
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