Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion is an operative procedure used to treat spinal conditions like Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, and Spinal Cord Nerve Compression.
In anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, the surgeon approaches the cervical spine through a small incision in the front of the neck and eradicates the entire disc or a part of the disc along with any structural material that is compacting the nerves and generating pain.
Who Needs Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion?
This procedure is used when other non-surgical treatments have failed. Patients who opt for surgical treatment often complain of severe neck pain. The herniated disc and bone spurs often result in a damaged disc. Cervical discectomy and fusion is a form of fusion surgery performed only by the finest spine surgeons.
A herniated disc is a condition where the soft, gel-like center of the disk has been pushed out through the disc’s tough, outer ring. This causes many unpleasant symptoms in the patient. Bony outgrowth, which is referred to as bone spurs, begin to manifest as a result of the calcification of spine joints.
As a result, the patient experiences:
- Severe pain in the neck.
- Arm Pain.
- Numbness and weakness of the arms.
- Lack of coordination.
Most of your body’s nerves pass through the neck region; the pressure on these nerves can be very problematic. The patients who experience the above-mentioned symptoms are prescribed cervical discectomy only after the failure of non-surgical treatments.
How is Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Performed?
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion is performed only by the most competent and experienced surgeons, specializing in spine surgery. After a complete checkup and evaluating the patient’s history reports, an appointment for the procedure is made.
The specialist starts by making a tiny incision in the front of the neck, then he locates the cervical disc, which is causing neural compression. After the source has been confirmed to be the cause of pain, the specialist removes the disc. After successful removal, a bone graft is placed between the neighboring two vertebral bodies. In special cases, the help of metal plates or pins is required for providing the patient enough support and stability; this eases the spinal fusion of the vertebrae.
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How Long Is the Surgery for Anterior Cervical Discectomy?
- The surgery time required for anterior cervical discectomy is usually one to two hours.
- In some cases, the surgery may take up to three hours; this time depends on how bad the discs or vertebrae are damaged, and other factors.
How Long Does It Take You to Recover From Neck Surgery?
- Patients are discharged after one or two days following the surgery.
- It takes four to six weeks before you can start doing light work; full recovery is expected between two and three months.
How Should You Sleep After Neck Surgery?
- For sleeping after neck surgery, you should place a pillow under your back and hips, so you don’t roll out of this position.
- While you are sleeping on your back, avoid putting your arms over your head as it puts too much stress on your shoulders and neck.
How Long Does It Take for Swelling to Go Down After Neck Surgery?
- It takes four to five days for swelling to do down after neck surgery.