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Cervical Spine Surgery—Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

ACDF (Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion) is a kind of neck surgery that involves damaged disc removal to relieve nerve root pressure or damaged disc and also ease corresponding tingling, pain, numbness, and weakness. This cervical Spine Surgery is a type of surgical decompression which is why the practice is also known as anterior cervical decompression.

Cervical Spine Surgery is generally performed after discussing the patient’s condition to treat spinal instability (fusion surgery) and Nerve cord impingement (decompression surgery). These two practices are combined to undermine the spine and generate a space for fusion to add constancy.

The Approaches of Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

Surgeons either approached the cervical spine from the back which is known as the posterior approach or from the front which is known as the anterior approach. In most cases, surgeons often choose the anterior approach for better results. 

The anterior approach brings less disturbance in the muscular system and is much easier to uphold the usual spine alignment. For instance, many spine degenerative situations cause damage to the usual curvature of the spine (lordosis). With the anterior approach, this curvature of the spine can be regained. 

Note: Some conditions require only opening up the front of the spine or sometimes both posterior and anterior approach. 

ACDF is one of the most common types of surgical method performed to treat cervical discs, there are some Non-Surgical Back Treatment methods also available depending on the situation. You can get more information about surgical and non-surgical spine back treatments on www.totalspinebrain.com.

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