On April 16, 2015, Dr. Adam Lipson performed a C3-C4 anterior (front) cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), which was televised live by the Liberty Science Center (LSC) in their Interactive Theater as part of their Live From Surgery program.

The Live From Surgery Experience

Dr. Adam Lipson and his team performing surgery live.An experience like no other, high school students had the rare opportunity to watch the surgery live while conversing with Dr. Lipson and his medical team. Lasting approximately 2 ½ hours, students were encouraged to ask questions with real-time responses.

Dr. Lipson, a partner at IGEA Brain & Spine and one of the leading neurosurgeons in his field, was hand-selected for this program by Liberty Science Center to afford students the chance to learn more about the intricacies of the human spine and nervous system through visual example and active dialogue.

The program is designed for participants to see the entire process for an ACDF procedure. Projected onto a massive videoconferencing screen, the students had a unique opportunity to see the latest surgical techniques in action and learn about the diseases and other causes that require ACDF surgery. In addition to the surgical procedure, participants also learned about topics such as anatomy, risk factors, and careers in technology and healthcare.

To enhance the learning experience, LSC organizers also passed around examples of medical equipment being used during the procedure as well as anatomical models and other manipulated objects pertaining to the procedure.

ACDF: An Overview

Dr. Adam Lipson live on camera giving an explanation to students about his surgical procedure.ACDF is a minimally invasive procedure performed to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure to alleviate pain, numbness, weakness and tingling. During the procedure, a portion of the damaged cervical disc is removed through an incision at the front of the neck. The two vertebrae that the disc separates are then fused together using a bone graft in order to stabilize the spine and prevent disc space collapse.

ACDF has a few advantages over a posterior (back) approach including:

• Better access to the spine: An anterior approach provides access to the majority of the cervical portion of the spine, from the C2 vertebrae to where the cervical portion of the spine meets the thoracic spine (the upper to middle portion of the spine).
• Less postoperative pain: With more direct access to the cervical spine, the incision for the procedure is smaller and less muscle is dissected, limiting the amount of pain the patient experiences following surgery.

Dr. Lipson and the other certified professionals at IGEA Brain & Spine are the leaders in comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of ACDF and other brain, spine and neurovascular disorders that require neurosurgical care.

For more information on ACDF, contact us today.