Anterior Cervical Discectomy for large bone spurs
This operation is reserved for only those patients that have large bone
spurs and no x-ray evidence of spinal instability. The procedure is performed
under general anesthesia. It is an "open" surgery procedure performed
by making a small, 4 cm. incision anteriorly in a skin crease. The
disc and bone spurs are completely removed using an operating microscope.
The patient typically wears a soft collar for one week. Granulation tissue fills the disc space in approximately four weeks and become a "natural" disk replacement, which allows the patient to retain normal range of motion of the neck.
In the neurosurgical literature, the ACD has
been shown to increase the size of the cervical foramina (bone channels
for nerve roots) more than cervical fusion. This procedure results
in more room for the nerve roots and is more likely to relieve arm
With the ACD, there is no added stress on the discs above and below
the discectomy as there would be with a bone fusion. The patient
can return to work in approximately two to three weeks.
Doctor Schiffer has performed this surgery procedure for more than 15 years
and had the procedure himself 13 years ago.
Cervical Endoscopic Discectomy/Anterior Cervical Discectomy for
multilevel disc protrusions and bone spurs
This procedure is for patients with disc protrusions and bone spurs
at multiple levels. Please see the CED
and ACD descriptions for further
For more information about ACD (Anterior Cervical Discectomy) or CED/ACD, please contact
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Testimonials on the ACD procedure for neck and arm pain.