Disc degeneration occurs when the disc space between the vertebrae dehydrate, thin, and ultimately bulge, slip, or herniate into the spinal cord. While those in the general population have an occasional disc problem, those with a connective tissue disorder such as Ehler’s-Danlos Syndrome, tend to have multiple discs with signs of degeneration (either in a single level (cervical, thoracic, or lumbar) or in the entire spine itself) and it is then considered Degenerative Disc Disease.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion [ACDF]
Surgery used to remove and replace a herniated or severely degenerated disc in the cervical spine (neck). The incision is made from the anterior (front) of the cervical spine, a discectomy performed (removal of disc) and a bone graft (cadaver, bovine or synthetic) is then placed and fused (permanently joined) to the surrounding healthy vertebrae.