Cervical myelopathy: Surgery, treatments, symptoms

Cervical Myelopathy

Minimally invasive spine stabilization for cervical myelopathy

Minimally invasive spine stabilization may be a treatment option for some patients experiencing pain from cervical myelopathy or symptoms caused by the disruption of the upper spinal cord.

Beginning at the base of the brain, the spinal cord runs through the cervical (neck) area of the spinal column and continues all the way down to the lumbar (lower) spine. The spinal cord carries signals from the brain to all regions of the body. At any point where the spinal cord’s signals are interrupted, areas of the body below the interruption can be affected with pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. Spinal cord disruption in the cervical region of the spine often affects the arms, hands, bowels, bladder and legs.

A variety of degenerative spine conditions could cause debilitating spinal cord compression, such as herniated discs, bulging discs and bone spurs. The majority of patients experiencing the symptoms associated with cervical myelopathy will likely be able to manage their pain with conservative treatments like physical therapy, pain medication and behavior modification. A small percentage of individuals, however, may require surgical treatment in the form of stabilization.

Benefits of minimally invasive stabilization

Minimally invasive stabilization (MIS) procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute offer patients an effective alternative to the potential risks and complications of highly invasive traditional open neck or open back surgery.

Benefits of MIS include:

  • Outpatient setting
  • A small incision
  • No cutting of muscle tissue
  • A quicker recovery^ and less scarring compared to traditional open spine surgery

Recovering from a spine stabilization procedure

One of the primary benefits of a minimally invasive stabilization for cervical myelopathy is that the recovery process is generally much quicker and less painful than that of traditional open neck fusion. Most patients are encouraged to begin taking short walks several times each day in the days immediately following surgery, but lifting, bending and twisting should be avoided for at least six weeks.

To learn more about the minimally invasive spine stabilization procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, please contact us for your MRI review. We treat a wide variety of degenerative spine conditions, including cervical myelopathy, using advanced technology.