ACDF Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is proud to offer anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. Our experienced spine surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need to eliminate your pain and get you back to your normal life. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained in spine surgery and specialize exclusively in caring for neck and back conditions.

What is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?

Degenerative changes take place in the cervical spine as you age. Sometimes, damage occurs that disrupts the cervical discs and causes neck pain. When neck pain or immobility is severe, or when conservative treatment options are ineffective, your physician may recommend a surgical procedure to remove the problematic neck disc and reduce neck pain. This procedure is known as anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF surgery) and may help some patients overcome neck pain and immobility.

What does ACDF surgery involve?

Anterior Cervical Discectomy

During the discectomy portion of the cervical spine surgery, your surgeon will remove the disc that is causing pressure on the cervical spine. To do this, a small incision is made in the front of your neck, moving the neck muscles to the side and out of harm’s way. Then, your doctor will use an X-ray to locate and remove the disc. After this, the second portion of the surgery is performed.

Anterior Cervical Fusion

During the cervical fusion surgery, also known as neck fusion surgery, your surgeon will fill the disc space that once held the affected disc with a portion of bone taken from the patient’s pelvis or a bone bank. Then, the two remaining cervical vertebrae are fused together using the bone graft.

What does recovery involve?

Following surgery, your surgeon will work with you to create a personalized recovery plan that meets your needs. Recovery may include:

  • Neck bracing
  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest

What are the benefits?

The benefits of visiting MedStar Orthopaedic Institute for surgery include:

  • Neck pain relief
  • Nerve pressure relief
  • Corrected spinal structure
  • Improved range of motion

Why is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion performed?

The procedure may be recommended for patients who are suffering from any of the following problems that occur in the neck (cervical spine):

 

If you believe you may need ACDF neck surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of spine conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive neck care in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Our Specialists

Neck & Spine

Joseph L. Ferguson, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
Seyed Babak Kalantar, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Fred Fei Mo, MD
Fred Fei Mo, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Alan G. Schreiber, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Oliver O. Tannous, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
James Edward Tozzi, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
5454 Wisconsin Avenue, 11th Floor Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
Phone: 301-215-9423
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
9455 Lorton Market Street, Suite 200 Lorton, VA, 22079
Phone: 703-971-3701
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200 Mc Lean, VA, 22101
Phone: 202-444-8766
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682