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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about acdf neck surgery?

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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Common surgery: Assuming a proper work-up has been done and conservative care has failed, most patients do very well from a single level cervical fusion. Average time for a complete recovery is 3 months. Check out spine health.Com.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
See below: An approach to the diseased disc is made through the front of the neck. The disc is removed and the nerves and spinal cord are freed from impingement at that level. A spacer is placed in the disc space and can be made of a variety of materials. A plate can be applied to potentially increase the rigidity of the system. Over 8-12 weeks bone grows across the spacer resulting in a fused segment.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have acdf neck surgery?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Enjoy: In a properly selected patient, an acdf can be a remarkably successful procedure. Hopefully you will enjoy tremendous pain relief and will follow your surgeons postoperative protocol.

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