The minimally invasive approach to neck surgery uses a small incision compared to traditional open neck surgery. Often, the incision is made in a natural skin fold at the front of the neck, which—when healed, is virtually invisible in most patients.
The goal of a single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is:-
- Reduce pain by decompressing the nerve roots and spinal cord
- Stabilize the neck
The surgeon accomplishes both goals by first performing a discectomy to remove the intervertebral disc and other tissues (eg, bone spurs) compressing nearby nerves and/or the spinal cord. Removing the tissues pinching or pressing on a nerve is called decompression. The cervical level (eg, C3-C4) operated on is then stabilized by implanting spinal instrumentation that is affixed to the adjacent vertebral bodies (implanted and/or affixed to the neck).
Conditions Treated with Minimally Invasive ACDF:-
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion may be recommended to treat many neck problems, including:
- Cervical radiculopathy
- Degenerative disc disease in the neck
- Herniated disc in the neck
- Cervical spinal stenosis
- Cervical spinal fracture