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Spinal Fusion

Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion (ACDF)

An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion involves removing the damaged cervical disc and replacing it with bone. This process allows the bone graft to fuse the vertebrae together as one.

Anterior Cervical Corpectomy & Fusion (ACCF)

An anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion involves removing both the damaged cervical discs and the front part of the vertebrae. This is necessary when there is compression of the spinal cord, not just behind the disc, but also behind the vertebral body.

Posterior Cervical Fusion

Posterior cervical fusion can be done at one or multiple levels in your neck. It may also be done in combination with a decompression procedure (to take the pressure off of your nerves). The decompression operations include: foraminotomy, laminectomy, and/or laminoplasty.

The incision for posterior cervical fusion will be made up and down along the back of your neck for this surgery. The size of the incision depends on how many levels of the cervical spine will be addressed with the surgery.

Thoracolumbar Fusion

Spinal fusion is a surgery done to permanently stabilize and fix two vertebrae in your spine. This effectively eliminates motion between these two segments.

There are many reasons why Dr. Kim may recommend a spinal fusion. Some examples include:

In many cases, metal rods and screws will be used to reduce motion and allow the vertebrae to heal together.