Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is the most common surgical procedure done for cervical disk herniations and cervical radiculopathy. It is considered to be a minimally invasive procedure. The operation restores the normal alignment of the spine, maintains the space available for the nerve roots to leave the spine, and limits motion across the affected spine segment.
“Anterior” means that your surgeon will operate through a small incision in the front of your neck to reach the spine. The affected disk will be removed and a Globus PEEK (polyetheretherketone) cage will be inserted into the disk space and secured with screws. The cage will then be filled with bone graft material and the incision closed with internal sutures and Steri-Strips over the incision. The same procedure may be done at multiple levels depending upon your diagnosis. You will need to wear a cervical collar for a week or ten days after the procedure.