Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Citrus Spine Institute has successfully performed thousands of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) procedures. Let us help you get back to doing what you love by evaluating if it's the right procedure for you.

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What Is a Cervical Fusion?

An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a surgery which is performed to remove a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck and decompress the nerve roots that go to the arms. The incision is made in the front of the neck to reach and remove the disc to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves. There is an interbody, or spacer, inserted to fuse together the vertebral bones above and below the disc. Bone graft is used to help promote fusion of the disc spaces. Instrumentation is then used to stabilize the region and promote fusion. This is sometimes done at multiple levels depending on the pathology. This procedure performed as an outpatient procedure with the patient wearing a cervical collar for a few weeks  post-operatively. Patients that benefit from this procedure have cervical stenosis due to degenerative disc disease, bulging and/or herniated discs.

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The Citrus Spine Difference

For us, the patient remains the king, in everything that we do.


Our standards are high.  The majority of the implants we use in our patients are designed and made in the USA.


We use a state-of-the-art, high-powered, high-resolution microscope to ensure the most precise correction. 


Patient safety is of the upmost important to us.  A board-certified neurologist monitors our cases to further ensure patient safety while in the OR.


Dr. Toumbis has been performing surgeries for more than 15 years and has successfully performed more than 10,000 spine surgeries.

What to Know Before Anterior Cervical Fusion

To prepare for an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, we recommend that our patients prepare soft diet meals for after surgery. For the first two weeks, softer foods such as yogurt, puddings, broths, soup, smoothies, cooked vegetables and protein shakes are good choices.  

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Wondering If An Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Is Right for You?

Schedule a consultation at Citrus Spine Institute to find out.