Surgical Procedures

What are alternatives to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery?

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  • AIntermountain Registered Dietitians, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Intermountain Healthcare
    Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery (a surgery to treat damaged or worn disks in your neck) is usually done after non-surgical treatment options have failed. Alternatives to ACDF can include:
    • Medications
    • Physical therapy
    • Traction
    • Spinal injections
    • Watching and waiting
    If you feel your symptoms are not severe enough to require surgery, tell your doctor. He or she will respect your decision. Some patients with a diseased disk in their neck may be a candidate for an artificial disk.
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