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The anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) performed at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital might be the answer you are looking for in a procedure meant to relieve your symptoms.
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ACDF stands for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. This is a neck surgery that implies the removal of a damaged cervical disc in order to relieve the pressure and alleviate the correlated pain. The disc that is removed can be herniated or degenerative.
In order to qualify for this intervention, patients should:
The conditions that can be treated through ACDF are:
This procedure successfully alleviates arm pain in 92 to 100% of cases and neck pain in 73 to 83% of cases.
Typically, an ACDF procedure is more beneficial for patients who suffer from arm pain that those who suffer from neck pain. Spinal fusion can be successfully achieved if the right techniques are deployed and the patient’s general health is good (e.g. if the patient is a smoker or not).
It takes approximately 2 hours to perform this intervention which requires 7 distinct steps.
More exactly, the following series of steps are performed to complete an ACDF procedure:
The anterior approach of this surgery has several typical advantages:
The main postoperative problem most patients face is difficulty swallowing for 2 to 5 days due to the retraction of the esophagus during the surgery.
Anterior cervical discectomy may lead to some complications. Some of the most common risks include:
With nonsurgical treatment, patients usually need several months to heal a herniated disc. Other options besides surgery are available, but you have to discuss them with your doctor and make the right decision. About 10% of the patients with herniated discs who have used conservative treatment for about a month and a half consider surgery because the pain is still persistent.
Have you had consistent pain, particularly the kind that is associated with degenerative disc disease? Have you tried non-invasive treatments without success? You may be a candidate for back surgery to relieve your symptoms for the long term. Call us at 888.600.5600 to find out more and schedule a consultation today!
This is a case of a 33 year-old female with excruciating neck and left arm pain and weakness. The pain radiated down to her thumb and middle finger.
She had an MRI that demonstrated an eccentric to the left disc herniation at C5-6 (Figure 1) and a central disc herniation at C6-7 (Figure 2). She had tried non-surgical management in the form of medications, injections, and physical therapy. but these failed. She ultimately underwent a 2 level ACDF at C5-7. She immediately noted increased strength and decreased arm pain after the surgery, with only a mild amount of neck discomfort.
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