Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion
Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF) is a 2 part spine surgery procedure performed on the neck that consists of removing all or part of a damaged disc and then placing bone graft and/or implants where the disc originally was to stabilize and provide strength to the cervical area. ACDF may be done for one level, or for more than one level, of the cervical spine. It is commonly done to treat herniated discs, to remove bone spurs caused by arthritis, alleviate symptoms associated with cervical spinal stenosis, or for cervical degenerative disc disease. This procedure can be considered to treat herniated discs after all non-surgical treatments fail.
Benefits of Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion
Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion surgery relieves spinal cord or nerve root pressure and alleviates corresponding pain, weakness, numbness and tingling you may be experiencing in your arm or neck.
This procedure is done with an anterior approach, which means that the surgeon does it through the front of the neck instead of the back of the neck. The advantages of this approach are that the surgeon has direct access to the disc through a relatively uncomplicated pathway and the patient has less postoperative pain as opposed to the posterior approach.
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If you have exhausted all conservative measures with no improvement in pain, we recommend that you consider looking into minimally invasive spine surgery as an option for your next consultation with our experienced double board certified spine surgeon.
A Message from Dr. Cohen
“Spine surgery remains one of the most intriguing, complex and challenging fields. I have been performing this type of surgery for more than 30 years, focusing on conventional spine procedures and minimally invasive surgery. Besides the technical challenges of surgery, the clinical challenges of making the right diagnosis are very appealing to me. I carefully evaluate the problem, determine the pathology and access the complexity of the condition. The decision to consider spine surgery should always come after trying non-surgical or conservative options. However, when the pain is persistent and clearly related to an anatomical problem, then surgery is a reasonable option.
At my practice you will be matched with a patient advocate who will act as a medical concierge, guiding you through paperwork, preliminary testing and any healthcare requirements that are needed at each step of the surgical process. My level of specialty training at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as well as my focus on the spine has contributed to my enhancement and surgical technique, which in turn, has led to an overall improved success rate in patient outcomes.
The right treatment plan begins with the right diagnosis. My patients can rely on precise clinical evaluation combined with state-of-the-art surgery. This provides patients with the peace of mind that they are receiving the best possible care and therefore better outcomes.”
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