Minimally Invasive Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
If you are experiencing chronic neck pain, or a shooting type of pain down your arm or fingers, you may be suffering from a cervical spine condition. Often, if the pain does not subside, it hurts the quality of life in those suffering from it and can lead to a debilitating decrease in activity.
At Axis Brian & Back Institute, we understand and can help the pain that you are going through. We specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery which is specially constructed to treat spine conditions with a lower infection risk and shorter recovery times than more traditional open back and open neck surgeries. Our patients will attest that we have helped provide solutions after years of chronic pain that took away their ability to perform even basic functions every day.
One of our most common procedures is an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF), which could be suggested after a thorough review of your most recent MRI as well as your medical history. Dr. Aryan and our spine care team can answer any questions you might have about this procedure, including if it might be a right for you and the chronic neck pain that you are experiencing.
About Minimally Invasive Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
This procedure is performed through a small incision made in the front of the neck, similar to many of the other minimally invasive surgeries that we perform. The surgeon will move aside structures in the neck in order to get to the spine, followed by a removal of the damaged disc with the aid of a special x-ray. Following the removal of the disc, a bone or small titanium place is inserted, holding the bones in place while the vertebrae heal.
This procedure is minimally invasive and used for patients who are experiencing a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease in the cervical spine. A herniated disc takes place when a disc between the vertebrae forms a weak spot and reaches out beyond its normal area, putting pressure on the nerves around it. Degenerative disc disease is when the discs and joints of the spine begin to deteriorate, compressing the nerves around it.
The ACDF procedure is potentially a solution for those suffering from a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease in the neck. Our minimally invasive surgeries offer a shorter recovery timeframe, board-certified surgeons, and less than 1-inch incisions. Those are just some of the reasons we experience a 98% patient recommendation rate.
Frequent Symptoms Helped by Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Though herniated discs and degenerative disc disease cause symptoms which can change depending on the severity of the condition, there are some general symptoms that often see relief from this procedure.
– Numbness and tingling – Often, patients are experiencing numbness or tingling in the arm and fingers due to the impacted nerve in the neck. This could be similar to what it feels like to lose circulation to the arm.
– Arm pain – The nerve which is affected by the damaged disc often leads to a shooting pain in one arm. This pain can travel all the way from the shoulder down through the fingers. Often, this is accompanied by a pain in the neck along with the radiating pain the arm.
– Weakness – It is possible that the affected nerve is not able to signal the muscles in the arm the way it normally would, causing a general feeling of weakness.
If you are experiencing chronic neck pain and/or any of the symptoms listed above, contact our team at Axis Brain & Back Institute and get BACK@IT. You don’t have to miss out on life’s greatest moments because of pain. Schedule your free MRI review today!
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