What Is Anterior Cervical Discectomy And Fusion?

Another possible solution for your neck pain is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. This procedure treats nerve root or spinal cord compression by decompressing the spinal cord and nerve roots with discectomy. Discectomy involves removing a damaged disc to relieve pressure on nerve roots and alleviate pain, weakness, numbness and tingling. Since discectomy is a form of surgical decompression, this procedure has also been called anterior cervical decompression. This procedure has two parts:

1 Anterior cervical discectomy. This procedure involves an anterior approach from the front of the neck (cervical spine). Your spine specialist removes the disc from between two vertebral bones.

2 Fusion. The surgeon performs the fusion surgery at the same time as the discectomy to stabilize the cervical segment of the spine. Fusion involves replacing the disc with bone graft material or implants in order to stabilize and strengthen neck anatomy.

Why is it done?

Spine surgeons most commonly perform anterior cervical discectomy and fusion to provide symptomatic cervical herniated disc treatment as well as cervical degenerative disc disease treatment. The procedure can also remove bone spurs (osteophytes) caused by arthritis and alleviate symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis.

Patients come to us for herniated disc treatment from Vernon, South Windsor, Manchester, Hartford, Bloomfield, Ellington and surrounding areas.