The Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) surgery aims to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord, nerve roots and/or treat an unhealthy disc in the cervical spine.
Through a small incision, the surgeon will have direct access to the cervical spine from the front, where the removal of themdamaged disc can take place, followed by the placement of interbody fusion implant.
To secure the vertebrae in place during the fusion of bone, spinal implants such as a standalone implant, with built-in fixation (i.e. screws) or plate with screws may be used. Over time, the vertebrae is expected to grow together through fusion. This may take from a few months, to a few years to completely fuse depending on patient factors.