Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is the most common procedure for cervical radiculopathy. Radiculopathy is a description of a problem in which one or more nerves are affected and do not work properly. It restores alignment of the spine, maintains the space available for the nerve roots to leave the spine, and limits motion across the degenerated spine segment.
“Anterior” means that your surgeon will approach your neck from the front. The surgery involves operating from the front of the neck through a 1- to 2-inch incision along the neck crease.