Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion (ACDF) is a type of neck surgery that involves removing a damaged disc to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure and alleviate corresponding pain, weakness, numbness and tingling. A discectomy is a form of surgical decompression, so the procedure may also be called an anterior cervical decompression.
This surgery is most commonly done to treatment the following:
- A symptomatic cervical herniated disc
- Cervical degenerative disc disease
- Commonly done to remove bone spurs caused by arthritis
- Alleviate the symptoms associated with cervical spinal stenosis
Prior to surgery, your surgeon will discuss the recovery process with you. It is different for each and every individual but Central Ohio Neurological Surgeons want to help inform patients of what a generic recovery process will be similar to.
Many daily household activities require bending or lifting and should not be attempted. Placing items on the counter will be helpful so you do not have to reach for them. Even simple tasks such as dish washing should not be attempted because of the strain it can have on your back. Do not lift heavy household items such as bagged dog food, cat litter and bulk food items.
This is crucial during the first few weeks of recovery. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night is ideal for the first week, by the second week you can begin to revert back to your normal schedule. Sleeping in a reclined position is the recommended option, if that is not comfortable then sleeping on your side would be more favorable for recovery then sleeping on your stomach.
Your surgeon will advise you on the recommended amount of walking per day. Taking several, short walks throughout the day, every couple hours, is best for the recovery and making sure your circulation is flowing properly throughout your body. If you are in one position for too long it can lead to discomfort.