Spinal fusion surgery comes in many forms: lumbar spinal fusion, cervical spinal fusion, and PLIFs just to name a few. They are all designed to help limit pain caused by the joints, though each surgery is different depending on whether you are trying to treat degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, or another condition. Knowing your spinal fusion options can go a long way toward alleviating your back pain.

The first 1 to 2 weeks after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery typically include activity restrictions and other doctor directives for a smooth recovery.

Recovery time for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) can vary widely. Learn what factors patients should consider during long-term postoperative care.

Correct postoperative care after an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, or ACDF, is critical to achieving a complete fusion. Learn what steps should be taken during each portion of recovery.
Learn the typical steps of an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery, including the anterior approach, disc removal, and canal decrompresion.
Dealing with the hurdles of the ACDF postoperative process can increase the risk of developing a variety of mental health challenges.

Difficulty speaking after ACDF surgery is not uncommon, but there are several home remedies patients can utilize to soothe a sore throat until speaking becomes easier.

Difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia, can result after ACDF surgery. For most patients, dysphagia will resolve within a few weeks.