Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF), with Cage
This surgery replaces a damaged vertebral disc in your neck with a cage containing a bone graft. It’s done to relieve painful pressure on spinal nerves.
To begin, you lie on your back and are put to sleep. The surgeon makes a small incision in the front of your neck. Muscles and other tissues in your neck are carefully moved aside to make a path to your spine. The surgeon carefully removes the damaged disc. This leaves a space between the vertebrae.
The surgeon then inserts a cage into this space. It is packed with a graft material that can be made from bone or a synthetic bone substitute. The cage fills the open space. It holds the vertebrae in the proper position.
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When the procedure is complete, the incision is closed. As your spine heals, new bone will grow. The cage becomes permanently attached to the vertebrae. This is called a “fusion.”