Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

Neck surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord using an anterior approach, a worn disc is removed from the neck to relieve nerve root pressure and pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling.

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What is cervical discectomy with fusion?

The spine is a complex structure of discs, bones and joints. Over time, this structure can wear down and become unstable. This destabilisation can lead to pain in the back of your neck or down your arms.

It can also cause other problems, like loss of bladder control or numbness in your legs. Surgery may be necessary to stop the symptoms getting worse.

Need to know

This is a surgical procedure that combines a discectomy and insertion of a cage or piece of bone into the empty space left behind. The cage or piece of bone fuses with the vertebrae over time. Bone taken from the hip or artificial bone in the cage itself can be used to help fusion occur.

If you suffer from pain, weakness or numbness in your neck, arms and legs, a spinal disc may be pressing on spinal nerve roots. Your consultant may recommend a cervical discectomy to remove the problem disc from your neck, relieving the pressure on your spinal nerve root.

Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have. Because general anaesthetic is used during the procedure, you may need to fast for several hours before the operation.

Your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.

After your surgery, you may need to wear a semi-rigid cervical collar when sitting and moving. The surgical wound is closed with sutures and clean dressings, which remain in place for a few days. At this point, the wound can be left uncovered.

You won't be able to drive for two weeks after your operation, as you'll have limited mobility and won't be able to view mirrors properly.

Anterior Cervical discectomy and fusion is successful in relieving arm pain in the majority of cases (90-100%). However arm numbness or weakness may continue for months afterwards.

Neck pain is also relieved but ACDF is more effective in treating arm pain.

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion Consultants

Mr Parag Sayal

Mr Parag Sayal

Neurosurgery

Mr Sinan Barazi

Mr Sinan Barazi

Neurosurgery

Mr Rohit Shetty

Mr Rohit Shetty

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Andraay Leung

Mr Andraay Leung

Orthopaedic Surgery

Our Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion locations

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

170 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7HA London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London

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