Anterior cervical fusion (often known by a term of “Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion”, or ACDF) involves making a cosmetically inconspicuous incision in a crease at the front right side of the neck, and removal of the disk with replacement by a synthetic bone spacer with a plate. The procedure lasts about 30-45 minutes for a single level, and about one hour for a two-level ACDF. Most common conditions treated include severe pain in an arm causing nerve root compression (or radiculopathy), as well as spinal cord compression (called myelopathy). There is relatively little discomfort from this procedure vs. others, and most people leave either the same day or next day from the hospital. We do not require anyone to wear a collar generally, and most activities can be resumed immediately (such as driving, walking, twisting, bending, etc.). This is one of the most common procedures done in the practice, and patient satisfaction is generally quite high (greater than about 90%).
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