Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is generally used to treat accident victims who have incurred neck-related problems such as fractures, herniated discs and cervical radiculopathy. The procedure is performed through the front area of the neck (the anterior) and it involves taking away a spinal disc. A bone graft is done, which is then used to hold the vertebrae above and below the disc in place. This procedure assists the bones in growing (or fusing) together to create one solid bone. This fusion is medically known as arthrodesis. Operations for neck fractures are referred to as posterior cervical fusions.
Many neck fusions are performed to alleviate or stop the symptoms associated with cervical disc disease. Over time, an individual’s discs begin to deteriorate as part of the aging process; however, if the individual is injured in an accident, the overall neck structure could suffer significant amounts of stress and strain that could ultimate lead to the beginning stages of disc collapse and decreased space between vertebrae.
Once this occurs, pressure on the nerves usually becomes more evident as the openings surrounding the spinal nerves begin to get smaller and the long spinal ligaments slacken. The annulus (the outer rings of the disc) also begin to weaken and develop cracks and the middle of the disc might begin to press on the weak annulus and/or squeeze out of the annulus -- an occurrence that is commonly referred to as a herniated disc.
Surgeons may decide (in conjunction with the patient) to perform a discectomy, which involves removing the disc and disc fragments between vertebrae that will be fused. If the symptoms that the individual suffers from stems from the discs, the discectomy should stop those symptoms from occurring.
When the surgeon removes the disc, the spinal bones are spread apart in preparation to receive a bone graft. The graft can be taken from either the top of the pelvis bone or a natural substitute (allograft) can be used. The graft holds the vertebrae apart, enlarging the space and taking the pressure off of the nerves.
Once the bones are fused together, no movement takes place. That being the case, keeping the injured/sore portion of the neck steady will help to alleviate pain and prevent further wear on the areas inside the fused portion. Also, neck fusions have been shown to decrease the size of any existing bone spurs and keep new ones from occurring. The ultimate hope is that the individual getting the neck fusion will not have cervical disease-related issues or pain in the future.
It is important for individuals to be aware, however, that there is a risk of something going wrong with ACDF, including but not limited to complications related to nerve damage, infections, bone graft issues, anesthesia and ongoing pain.
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