Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is kind of back surgery. It is also known as ACDF. This kind of surgery heads for removing a degenerative and herniated disc in the spine of your neck. ACDF surgery has two alternative, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with plating or without plating. Both have their own consequences and risks. Both are the optional treatment for surgery to overcome the disc disease of cervic. Anterior cervical surgery with or without plate also have different causes, you are not always suggested to choose anterior cervical surgery with plate. It is according into how your cervical disc disease was.
Before talking about anterior cervical surgery with or without plate, let’s be acquainted with what anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is. Discectomy is one of the surgical treatments; it is done with removing a herniated disc material to reduce the irritation and squeezing in the nerve root.
Discectomy can be executed in the length of the spine in hence it may be done in the cervical (the neck) to the lumbar (the low back). It is according where the cervical diseases are. This kind of surgery performs from the anterior (the front side of the spine) through the throat to get hold of the injured disc.
Well, the injured disc which occur the pain is already removed and there must be an empty space between the vertebrae. The amount of the disc which is taken is according into the symptoms you have, it may be one disc or more. Here is your time to determine which is appropriate you an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with plating or without plate treatment.
If your cervical disc disease has no problem with the hinge or vertebrae shifting, you can conduct cervical surgery without plating. Spine surgery without plating needn’t re-operation conduct. But it isn’t suggested for you who have multi-level disc removal.
Meanwhile, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with plating will help you to get a better fusion of your spine and vertebrae. Despite you have to be a little bit patient for all of the screws which will be placed in your spine or damaged area. It will give a side effect of being tricky and difficult to move your neck or having swallowing problem. The empty space in our vertebrae will be swapped with the bone graft; metal plates and screws are used to fix the bone graft in place. The rest is waiting for natural remedial process and you have to prepare for the plate removing surgery.