Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a type of cervical spine surgery from the front (anterior) of the neck (cervical) that often successfully addresses spinal symptoms. ACDF surgery is a very common procedure relative to overall spine surgeries and has a long and studied record of positive outcomes.

Clinical benefits


Anterior approaches, such as in ACDF, involve less muscle stripping from the spine and allow access to the discs at the front of the spine compared to a back (posterior) approach. It provides the physician with direct access to the cervical spine, and patients tend to have less incisional pain from this approach.

Is ACDF right for me?

In the cervical spine, surgery is often performed via an anterior approach to address a multitude of issues, such as degenerative disc disease. Your physician may determine that an ACDF procedure is a good option for you.

Conversely, your physician may determine that an ACDF procedure is not a good option for you if you. It is important to discuss this with your physician in order to determine the best course of treatment for you. This procedure may be used to treat the following condition:

Degenerative disc disease (DDD)

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Technologies Commonly Used

NuVasive offers a full-line portfolio of products for minimally disruptive, procedurally-integrated solutions. Procedurally-based solutions may include:
Structural Allograft
3quarters generic plate
CoRoent Small Interlock Hyperlordotic implant
Interfixated Device
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