What is Anterior Discectomy and Fusion Surgery?​

If a patient is experiencing significant neck or arm pain, it could be due to nerve issues in the cervical spine. More than likely, this pain can be due to the presence of a herniated or degenerative disc. A disc refers to the rubbery pad between vertebrae. When the gel-like material of the disc bulges through the wall of the disc, the result is known as a herniated disc. A degenerative disc is when the disc naturally wears and tears over time and the joints are inflamed. In the case of either of these situations, the patient experiences pain because the discs are compressed and as a result, the nearby nerves are irritated.

To confirm the presence of a herniated or degenerative disc, the physician will order tests like an MRI or CT. Then, the physician will work with the patient to try and relieve this pain with physical therapy and medications. If neither of these approaches adequately treat the patient’s pain, the physician might suggest Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) surgery. ACDF surgery is the removal of a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck.

A neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon will perform surgery to remove the affected disc area, also known as an ACDF procedure. Firstly, the surgeon will cut out the damaged disc. To prevent the vertebrae from collapsing in the now empty area, the surgeon will insert a bone graft in the area. Over time, the bone graft will fuse with the bones in the surrounding area. To secure the area while this graft fuses and the area heals, the surgeon will attach the graft to the area with plates and screws. At SAGICO, we have many product options for surgeons to use in performing ACDF surgery, like innovative plates, screws, and implants. SAGICO products are all designed with the efficiency of the surgeon and the safety of the patient at the top of mind.

MORE ABOUT SAGICO:  SAGICO is an acronym symbolizing our innovation, Spinal Analytics & Geometrical Implant Co. SAGICO and its principals have many years of spinal industry success spanning multiple continents and more than 60 countries. SAGICO accomplishes its mission with partners throughout the USA, European and PanAsian markets. SAGICO and its affiliates are privately held companies with global partners and shareholders and an aggressive pipeline that includes: ACDF, MIS spine, ALIF, OLIF, PLIFF, TLIF, LLIF, novel artificial disk implants (TDR), porous and coated titanium interbody technology, static corpectomy, expandable VBR options and unique pedicle screw systems optimized for trauma, complex deformity, oncology & pediatric surgery are just a few of the product lines SAGICO offers. The US corporate offices of SAGICO are based in Tampa, Florida.

DISCLOSURE: We at SAGICO are confident in our products and so should our professional surgeons. A surgeon must always rely on his or her own clinical judgment when deciding whether to use a particular medical appliance that may be applicable for a specific patient and adhere to the package insert, product label and/or instructions for use before using any SAGICO product. SAGICO does not diagnose nor does SAGICO offer medical advice on medical conditions and SAGICO requires that all surgeons be trained in the use of any particular product before using it in surgery. The information presented is intended to demonstrate the depth and future of all of SAGICO’s product lines. Some products may not be available in all markets because product availability is subject to the regulatory and/or medical practices in individual markets. Please contact SAGICO prior to any medical procedures to learn more.

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