How is the procedure performed?
An Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion is performed through an incision on the front of the neck. The diseased or damaged disc is removed, relieving pressure from pinched nerve roots. A bone graft is placed in the empty space between the vertebrae. The surgeon may screw a small metal plate over the area to hold the bones in place while the vertebrae heal. Over time, the bone graft will grow together with the vertebrae above and below forming a fusion.