What is anterior cervical discectomy fusion and plating?

What is anterior cervical discectomy fusion and plating?

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a type of neck surgery that involves removing a damaged disc to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure and alleviate corresponding pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling.

How serious is a anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?

While uncommon, as with all surgery there are a number of risks and potential complications that can occur as a result of a cervical decompression and fusion surgery, including: Hemorrhage or formation of a wound hematoma. Damage to the carotid or vertebral artery resulting in a stroke or excessive bleeding, even death.

How long does anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery take?

ACDF surgery can usually be done in 1 to 2 hours, but may take up to 3 or more hours. The time depends on how many discs will be removed, how badly the discs or vertebrae [VUR-tuh-brey] are diseased, and other factors.

How do you sleep after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?

Sleeping on the side or back is recommended versus sleeping on the stomach. Adding a pillow between the knees when sleeping on the side, or under the legs when sleeping on the back, may be helpful. If sleeping troubles become a pattern, the doctor should be contacted.

What is the success rate of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?

ACDF has demonstrated good results in terms of pain relief and patient satisfaction [9]. Its success rate has been reported to achieve good or excellent outcome in 93% [10].

Where do they cut you for neck surgery?

Posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy The incision is made in the back of the neck. After the incision is made, the surgeon uses a special tool to work away part of your lamina. Once this is done, they remove any additional bone or tissue that’s pressing on the affected nerve.

Can you eat after neck surgery?

After your surgery you will be given a ‘Cervical Diet’ in hospital. The diet will consist of soft, easy to chew foods. You should also choose foods and beverages that are high in protein to assist in healing and recovery. It is also important to keep your fluid intake high.

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