Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

This surgery removes a her­ni­at­ed or dis­eased disc and relieves neck and radi­at­ing arm pain caused by parts of the disc press­ing on nerve roots. The sur­geon per­forms this pro­ce­dure through an inci­sion on the front of the neck, the dis­eased or dam­aged disc is removed. As pres­sure is removed from the pinched nerve roots, pain is relieved. The space above and below the removed disc is cleared and pre­pared for a bone graft. The graft is placed between the ver­te­brae. The sur­geon may screw a small met­al plate over the area to hold the bones in place while the ver­te­brae heal. Dur­ing the heal­ing process, the bone graft knits togeth­er with the ver­te­brae above and below to form a new bone mass called a fusion.