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What is an ACDF?

Neck, shoulder, upper body & arm pain may be caused by a cervical disc herniation! Pain is commonly in the neck or shoulder & often travels down the arm. Numbness/tingling are typical & sometimes muscle spasms. Importantly, significant arm weakness requires immediate medical attention.

Surgically, you may be a candidate for an Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF). It is performed through the front of the spine through the throat area. The neck muscles, trachea & esophagus are moved aside, the disc & bony vertebrae are exposed. 1or more discs may be removed. After the disc is removed, a spacer bone graft is inserted to fill the open disc space. The bone graft & vertebrae are fixed in place w/ metal plates & screws. After 3 to 6 months, the bone graft should join the vertebrae & form one solid piece, limiting normal neck motion.

Alternatively, safe, effective & affordable cervical spinal decompression can provide definitive treatment without surgery or drugs. CALL NOW 919-469-8897.

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