Minimally invasive stabilization (MIS) for cervical myelomalacia

Is minimally invasive back stabilization right for my cervical myelomalacia?

Minimally invasive back stabilization may be a treatment option for some patients who are experiencing pain from degenerative spine conditions like cervical myelomalacia (the softening of the spinal cord in the upper spine). This condition can occur when there is insufficient blood supply to the spinal cord. It is often caused by sports-related injuries to the spinal cord or by spinal degeneration that happens naturally due to aging.

While a minimally invasive procedure for cervical myelomalacia does offer a number of benefits over traditional open spine surgery, it is still a serious surgical procedure and should be treated as such. When determining whether a patient is a candidate for minimally invasive stabilization (MIS), a surgeon will take into consideration the severity of the patient’s condition, his or her age and his or her overall level of health. Keep in mind that surgery should only become an option after a patient has already attempted a wide range of nonsurgical treatments over the course of several months.

MIS procedures for cervical myelomalacia

When considering minimally invasive surgery for cervical myelomalacia, patients should learn as much as possible about the procedure, including its risks, benefits and what the recovery process may entail. Below is a basic overview of minimally invasive back stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute:

  • The surgery is performed in an outpatient setting
  • A small incision is required for the surgeon to access the affected areas of the spine
  • The disc or bone material that is causing constriction or softening of the spinal cord is completely removed
  • An implant and bone graft are inserted into the space between adjacent cervical vertebrae that was formerly occupied by the damaged disc

Cervical myelomalacia recovery process

The recovery process after minimally invasive neck or back stabilization will be different for every patient. However, the first four to six weeks after surgery are crucial for rehabilitation. While it is important for patients to become mobile again in the days following surgery, it is just as important that they do not overexert themselves or perform any lifting, bending or twisting. A full set of instructions, limitations and exercises will be provided by the patient’s surgeon and physical therapy consultants.

Patients who are considering minimally invasive stabilization can contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about our outpatient procedures. We offer a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional open neck or back surgery and have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their chronic neck or back pain.

Our team would be happy to provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to discuss if you are a potential candidate for our innovative spine surgeries.