When is Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Beneficial?

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is beneficial for individuals experiencing pain, numbness, or weakness due to conditions like herniated discs or degenerative disc disease. This surgical procedure aims to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, restoring function and providing relief. Virginia Neurosurgeons offers comprehensive and expert care to address cervical spine issues and improve your overall well-being.

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Why Choose Virginia Neurosurgeons in Arlington?

Virginia Neurosurgeons was established in Arlington in 2001 and stands out as the largest independent neurosurgical group in Northern Virginia. We offer academic-level care with a focus on spinal neurosurgery. We have made a difference in the lives of over 30,000 patients and our board-certified surgeons bring extensive training from prestigious institutions to provide evidence-based treatments that take the whole picture into account. Our commitment to ethical, compassionate care ensures that patients receive expert guidance and tailored solutions, whether surgical or non-operative, aimed at improving mobility and enhancing their enjoyment of life. By choosing Virginia Neurosurgeons, you will benefit from a dedicated team that prioritizes open communication, ethical practices, and state-of-the-art surgical interventions when clinically meaningful.

Who is a Candidate for Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion?

Our neurosurgeons assess various factors to determine patients’ candidacy for anterior cervical discectomy and if they will benefit from the procedure. This procedure is typically recommended for individuals experiencing symptoms related to cervical disc herniation or degeneration, but a thorough consultation, as well as imaging studies and physical examinations, are key steps in ensuring a proper diagnosis of the condition. Candidates for this procedure may exhibit the following symptoms: 

  • Persistent neck pain
  • Arm pain or numbness
  • Weakness in the arms or hands
  • Difficulty gripping objects
  • Shooting pain into the shoulders or down the arms
  • Limited range of motion in the neck
  • Tingling sensations in the fingers
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The Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Process

Diagnosis and Evaluation:

A thorough assessment of medical history, symptoms, and diagnostic imaging, such as MRI or CT scans, is conducted to get a clear picture of the extent of cervical disc disease.

Preoperative Preparation:

Patients undergo preoperative evaluations, including blood tests and other necessary assessments, to ensure optimal health for the surgical procedure.

Anesthesia Administration:

Before the surgery, general anesthesia is administered to ensure the patient is asleep and pain-free during the procedure.


A small incision is made in the front of the neck to access the cervical spine.

Disc Removal:

The damaged or herniated disc is carefully removed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.

Graft Placement:

A bone graft or a synthetic material is inserted into the disc space to promote fusion.

Hardware Placement:

Metal plates, screws, or cages may be used to stabilize the vertebrae and enhance the fusion process.


The incision is closed, allowing the body to heal, with the bone graft promoting fusion over time.

Recovery and Rehabilitation:

Following surgery, patients are monitored in the recovery area and then moved to a postoperative care unit. Rehabilitation may involve physical therapy to aid recovery and restore strength and mobility.

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    What to Expect After Surgery

    Our experienced surgeons use state-of-the-art techniques and prioritize patient well-being through minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to contribute to shorter recovery times. However, because each case varies, the postoperative timeline for recovery also varies. You will receive personalized and attentive postoperative and recovery care to promote a speedy return to a pain-free, more active lifestyle. Long-term monitoring may be recommended to promote ongoing spinal health.

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    If you're experiencing neck pain, reduced motion, and issues with your arms and hands associated with your neck, schedule a consultation with Virginia Neurosurgeons today. Our expert team, advanced techniques, and commitment to patient well-being ensure comprehensive care specialized to your situation. 

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