Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is performed through a small incision in the front of the neck. The surgeon will make a small tunnel to the spine by moving aside the muscles in the neck. With the help of a special X-ray, the surgeon will then remove the damaged disc. After the disc is removed, the surgeon will insert a bone or small titanium plate to immediately stabilize the spine.
Our anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease found in your cervical (neck) spine. A herniated disc occurs when one of the discs between the vertebrae develops a weak spot and protrudes beyond its normal designated space, which may cause pressure on the surrounding nerves. Degenerative disc disease occurs when the cartilage found in the discs and joints of your spine begin to gradually deteriorate, causing the surrounding nerves to be compressed.