Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion

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Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion

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The Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion (ACDF) procedure is used to relieve neck pain caused by nerve root or spinal cord compression in the cervical spine. Patients that may be eligible for this procedure include those with a diagnosis of: herniated disc, cervical radiculopathy, degenerative disc disease, neck or arm pain, weakness and/or numbness. Physicians may consider this procedure appropriate if all other conservative management such as Physical Therapy or Massage Therapy do not improve function. The procedure is performed with the patient in the supine position, lying on their back, with a small incision along the front of the neck. The surgeon then removes the problematic disc, which in turn decompresses the spinal cord and nerve roots to relieve the pressure. Once this is accomplished, the surgeon then performs a fusion, joining selected bones in the neck, to stabilize the vertebrae.

Do you have chronic neck pain? Our JOI Spine Physicians can help determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Call JOI-2000 to request an appointment.


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