What is an Anterior Cervical Fusion?
Why is an Anterior Cervical Fusion Performed?
When suffering from a herniated disc, you would typically be able to treat the problem through non-surgical methods. If you have gone through these non-surgical treatments but have not seen improvement, then ACDF might be an option for you. It is important that when it comes to choosing a surgical treatment you understand the risks associated, but in the end it is your decision.
How is an Anterior Cervical Fusion Performed?
The process for an Anterior Cervical Fusion is a straightforward procedure. You will be put under anesthesia and the surgical team will clean the incision area in your throat. Your surgeon will then make the incision, locate the damaged disc with the use of a fluoroscope, remove the disc, then decompress the nerve. After that, your surgeon will proceed with your bone graft fusion and finally close the incision.
What To Expect After an Anterior Cervical Fusion
After your ACDF typically you can expect to go home the same day. You may need to stay overnight in the case of raised blood pressure, but usually that won’t be the case. In about 2 weeks, we’ll want to schedule a follow up appointment to look at recovery progress and evaluate what is needed moving forward. Full recovery can take up to 6 weeks, though there will be a better idea of recovery timing when you come in for your follow up appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions about Anterior Cervical Fusion
1. How long is recovery after an Anterior Cervical Fusion?
The typical recovery period post ACDF is 4-6 weeks, though recovery times vary from patient to patient.