Discectomy translates to â€ścutting out the discâ€ť, and is a form of surgical decompression. The process involves removing a herniated or degenerated disc, and placing a spacer bone graft in the open space.
A fusion surgery is usually performed at the same time as a discectomy, in order to stabilize the cervical segment. Together, these services are called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion, or ACDF.
Though Discectomies can be performed anywhere along the spine from the neck (cervical) to the lower back (lumbar), an ACDF is performed from the front of the spine, through the throat area.
Performing the surgery in a suture-less method, through the front of the neck (anterior) versus the back of the neck (posterior) allows us to access the discs without disturbing the spine and spinal nerves. This also allows for improved function after surgery, less blood loss, and more complete decompression of spinal nerves.