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How long does an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) take?

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) can usually be done in one to two hours but may take up to three or more hours. The time depends on how many disks will be removed, how badly the disks or bones (vertebrae) are diseased, and other factors. Your surgeon will give you a general idea about surgical time.

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