Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion (ACDF)
The ACDF procedure has been the most common surgical procedure used to treat degenerative disc disease in the cervical spine. Using bone grafts and instrumentation such as metal plates and screws, this procedure fuses two or more adjacent vertebrae, ideally stabilizing the segment and providing relief.
A foraminotomy is used to remove the disc fragments, overgrown ligaments and bone spurs from the neural foramen, compression of the spinal nerve. This increases the space around the neural foramen and relieves the compression of the spinal nerves.
A laminotomy is a procedure where the lamina, the flattened or arched part of the vertebral arch, is removed in smaller parts on one or both sides of the spine creating small holes between the laminae.