What is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery?

Living with a severe issue in the cervical spine (neck) is a painful and debilitating experience for patients. If you and your doctor have exhausted all conservative treatments, the next step in finding relief may be recommendation for a fusion surgery.

One type of procedure is an open neck discectomy and fusion. While common, it is still very invasive and requires several months of recovery before patients return to their daily activities. Other downsides to this procedure include a higher risk of infection and failed surgery than other cervical fusion options.

At Laser Spine Institute, we believe patients should have access to a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck fusion. Our skilled surgeons perform minimally invasive stabilization procedures that are a more precise treatment than traditional methods. The anterior cervical discectomy fusion is one of the possible options for patients considering an open neck fusion.

The anterior difference

Traditional open neck fusion begins with a large incision — usually around six inches — across the back of the neck to access the spine. During this process, the muscles and tissues surrounding the neck are cut and torn, causing extended recovery time* and a higher risk of infection and blood loss. Once the spine is accessed, the damaged disc is removed and the impacted nerve in the neck is released. An implant or bone graft is inserted in the now-empty disc space to stabilize the spine.

The anterior cervical discectomy and fusion offered at Laser Spine Institute helps treat common cervical spine conditions without the increased risks that go with open spine surgery. Using a smaller incision and less disruptive techniques to accomplish the same goal of disc removal and stabilization allows this procedure to be done on an outpatient basis. This allows our patients to return home or to their hotel the same day the surgery was performed. It is even possible to be up and walking within a few hours after the operation.

Laser Spine Institute advantage

The thought of undergoing a cervical fusion can be overwhelming. It is important for you to thoroughly research all of your surgical options before deciding on the right treatment method for your needs.

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery include:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • A patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Less than 1-inch incision
  • Outpatient procedure

For more information about the types of minimally invasive stabilization surgery we offer to treat cervical spine conditions, please contact our Care Team. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.