Benefits of Anterior Cervical Discectomy and fusion Surgery

Until a few years ago, surgery meant large slits, complicated processes, a lengthy recovery period, and expensive and painful rehab. The post-operation process was also equally complex. The good news is surgical advancement has ushered in many changes and enabled quick surgeries, lesser pain, faster recovery, and lower hospital stays. Find details of a couple of intricate and painful surgeries until a few years back but now are performed with much ease and less discomfort for the patient.

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery (ACDF) is a neck operation that encompasses the removal of a damaged disc to alleviate spinal cord or nerve root pressure and provide relief from related discomfort, weakness, tingling, and loss of sensation.

The process:

ACDF surgery has two parts. The first is an anterior cervical discectomy, where the operation takes place from the front [anterior] of the cervical spine (neck). The surgery involves removing the damaged disc from the two vertebral bones. The second part is fusion surgery. Though they are two parts, the surgeons perform them simultaneously. Fusion operation involves placing bone implants in the area where they removed the disc. The purpose of the graft is to strengthen the area and give stability.

The features/benefits:

In the above surgery, damaged disc and tissue are cleaned; a new bone implant is placed between the vertebrae, are done. The fusion does not happen immediately. It is a natural healing process and is a long-term process. Once the fusion is successful, the patient has immense relief from pain for several years. However, the surgery is not entirely over and for considered successful after the above process.

Like the anterior surgery approach, there is the posterior approach where the surgery is done from the back/behind. Nevertheless, the surgeon decides on which procedure to adopt for the surgery, checking the complexity of the problem and how the cervical spine region is aligned. The surgeon finds it more comfortable with the anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. Patients who undertake ACDF surgery tend to find relief faster and usually are discharged from the hospital/ clinic with two or three days at the most. The most significant benefit of the surgery is the relief from conditions like osteoarthritis, cervical herniated discs, and other discomforts mentioned above.

Lumbar microdiscectomy is one type of spine injury nowadays being performed as an outpatient procedure. The herniated portion of the lumbar disc is removed, which is the main cause of sciatica pain. There are two ways to perform the surgery Endoscopic discectomy and microdiscectomy. Technology has given several new techniques due to which the surgeons can reduce the operation time and improve the patient’s condition faster.

Minimally Invasive Spine or MIS Lumbar decompression is a surgery meant for treating stenosis of the spinal canal in the lower back. A small incision of one to one and a half inches is made in the lower back, and the herniation portion that is touching the nerve root is pulled out. It gives more space for the nerve root, thereby controlling the pain, removing leg weaknesses, and enabling the patient to improve daily activities.

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