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Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

If you have a herniated or degenerative disc somewhere in your neck, you may need to have it removed via anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (or ACDF).

At the offices of Craig C. Callewart, MD, we will help you determine whether this is the right option for your needs.

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What is an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion?

An ACDF removes a herniated or diseased disc and relieves neck and radiating arm pain caused by parts of the disc pressing on nerve roots. In most cases, this surgery will relieve any arm pain you might be experiencing.

While weakness and numbness may continue, within a few weeks after the surgery, these symptoms will also be gone. Successful spine fusion is largely dependent on the treatment provided. Most individuals achieve fusion naturally without a bone graft. 100% will achieve fusion with the use of bone grafts as well as plates and screws.

Why is Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Performed?

If you have had diagnostic tests that show you have a herniated or degenerative disc, this procedure may be ideal for you. Those recommended for this procedure may also have undergone physical therapy and taken medication with no success.

Additionally, if you have a bulging disc that may be causing irritation and swelling, this procedure may be suitable for you.

How is ACDF Performed?

This treatment is performed under anesthesia to ensure your comfort. The procedure begins with a careful incision at the front of the neck. Most of the damaged disc will be extracted but a small piece may remain. After this, a bone graft is placed where the disc used to be for the fusion process.

What Should I Expect After an ACDF?

One of the main benefits is the speed of recovery.

Patients with this treatment will be pleased to learn an extended stay in the hospital is not required. Most patients will be able to leave the day after their treatment. There is also the level of pain relief. Cervical herniated discs are one of the most common causes of neck and arm pain. With this form of decompression and fusion, relief can be provided to every patient.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

1. How long is recovery after an Anterior Cervical Fusion?
Typically, the recovery period post-ACDF is 4-6 weeks, though recovery times can vary.

Are you in pain?

Most patients experiencing pain can be seen by Dr. Callewart or his physician assistant within 24 hours in Dallas, Forney, Rockwall and Addison, Texas.

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