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NECK PAIN FUSIONS

 

If you have pain in your neck caused by Degenerative Disc Disease, or a herniated disc, your doctor could end up recommending an Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion (ACDF).

Famous former NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning had this same procedure in 2011. His surgery came two years before he won the 2013 NFL MVP, led the Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII, and broke both the single-season passing record and the passing yard record. Read more about his procedure here.

Anterior Cervical DIscectomy Fusion (ACDF)

If you are having pain in your neck, there are two common fusion procedures your surgeon may recommend. If there is damage to a disc in your cervical spine, you may be advised to undergo an Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion. Degeneration of a disc in your cervical spine, tumors in your spine or other conditions could prompt a cervical posterior fusion.

 

A posterior cervical fusion is an open procedure, performed through an incision in the back of the neck. A graft that is held tightly in place has a better chance of fusing the vertebrae together. To improve fusion, doctors commonly use metal screws and rods. These implants are referred to as instrumentation and are usually made of titanium.

Many different types of metal implants are used with the intent of maximizing healing of the fusion. Bone heals best when it is held still, without motion between the pieces trying to heal. The healing of a fusion is no different than healing a fractured bone, such as a broken arm.

Posterior Cervical Fusion (PCF)

If you are having pain in your neck, there are two common fusion procedures your surgeon may recommend. If there is damage to a disc in your cervical spine, you may be advised to undergo an Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion. Degeneration of a disc in your cervical spine, tumors in your spine or other conditions could prompt a cervical posterior fusion.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MINIMALLY INVASIVE TECHNIQUES

DISC of Louisiana offers spinal procedures using minimally invasive techniques. It means smaller incisions, sometimes less than an inch, that is often covered with a band-aid. The minimally invasive spine surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through the tiny incisions to access the damaged disc. Unlike traditional “open” spine surgery, entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues. Less muscle and tissue damage results in less pain and a faster recovery. Click here to learn more.

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