Anterior Cervical Discectomy and fusion is a type of neck surgery that involves removing a damaged cervical disc. This procedure is done from the front of the neck,as opposed to the back of the neck. This gives the surgeon a direct access to the cervical disc and gives the patient less postoperative pain. This procedure is commonly used to treat herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and to alleviate pain caused by spinal stenosis.
This surgery has two parts:
Anterior Discectomy- The surgeon enters through the front of the cervical spine in order to remove the damaged disc.
Fusion- A fusion is done with the anterior discectomy to provide stability and strength to the affected area.