Anterior Cervical Fusion Surgery in Boston, MA
What Is an Anterior Cervical Fusion?
During this surgery, Dr. Pedlow will remove a herniated or degenerative vertebral disc in your neck and replaces it with a bone graft. This can relieve painful pressure on spinal nerves.
Spine doctor Frank Pedlow, MD has extensive experience performing safe and accurate anterior cervical fusions. If you’re in need of an anterior cervical fusion in the Boston area, contact Dr. Pedlow today to schedule an appointment. Give our office a call at (617) 227-9300 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
Preparing for ACF
In preparation for the procedure, you are positioned on your back and anesthetized. Dr. Pedlow will create a small incision in the front of your neck. The structures within your neck are gently moved aside to create a path to your spine. Dr. Pedlow then carefully removes the damaged disc. This leaves a space between the vertebrae.
Inserting the Graft
Dr. Pedlow inserts a bone graft into this space. The graft fills the open space and holds the vertebrae in the proper position. Dr. Pedlow may secure the graft with a metal plate and screws.
When the procedure is complete, the incision is closed. As your spine heals, new bone will grow. The graft will become permanently attached to the vertebrae. This is called “fusion”.
Schedule an ACF Consultation
Spine surgeon Frank Pedlow, MD is a member of the North American Spine Society and has years of experience performing anterior cervical fusion procedures. If you would like to learn more about the anterior cervical fusion procedure or other spine surgeries, contact our office in Boston, MA today by calling (617) 227-9300 or using our secure form.