What is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery?

Cervical Fusion

Patients with severe spine conditions in the cervical spine (neck) might be recommended to undergo a cervical fusion surgery to treat the pain and symptoms associated with the spine condition. One of the most common cervical fusion procedures is the traditional open neck discectomy and fusion. While this procedure is common, it is highly invasive and requires several months of recovery before patients can return to their daily activities.

Additionally, this procedure has a higher risk of infection and failed surgery than other cervical fusion options.
At Laser Spine Institute, we believe that patients should have access to a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open neck fusion. Our minimally invasive anterior cervical discectomy and fusion provides a minimally invasive alternative with a higher patient satisfaction rate and a shorter recovery time* than traditional open neck fusion.

If you are considering undergoing a cervical fusion to treat your spine condition, we encourage you to reach out to our Care Team to learn about the treatment options available to you so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs.

The anterior difference

One of the main differences between traditional open neck surgery and our minimally invasive anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery is the level of invasiveness that occurs during the surgery.

Traditional open neck fusion begins with a large incision of about 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 patients to suffer an extended recovery time and a higher risk of infection and blood loss. Once the spine is accessed, the diseased 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. Because of the highly invasive nature of this procedure, the traditional open neck surgery is performed in a hospital and requires patients to stay for two to three days in the hospital after surgery to monitor for infections and blood circulation.

Our minimally invasive anterior cervical discectomy and fusion offered at Laser Spine Institute helps treat common cervical spine conditions without the large amount risk that is associated with traditional open neck fusion. One way that our procedure is able to be minimally invasive is that our surgeon accesses the spine from the front of the neck to avoid disrupting any muscle or small tissue around the spine. Unlike traditional open neck fusion which could require a multiple-inch incision, our minimally invasive stabilization is performed through a small incision. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the diseased disc and stabilize the spine by inserting an implant into the empty disc space.

Due to the minimally invasive nature of our anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, our procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, allowing our patients to return home or to their hotel the same day the surgery was performed. Many of our patients are up and walking within hours after surgery.

Laser Spine Institute advantage

The thought of undergoing a cervical fusion can be overwhelming. It is important that you 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:

  • No lengthy recovery*
  • 97% patient satisfaction
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Less than 1-inch incision
  • Outpatient procedure
  • 98% patient recommendation rate

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.

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