Symptoms Cervical spinal canal can be narrowed by the formation of bone spurs, arising from the back of the vertebral body or the ligament behind the vertebral bodies. Traditional symptoms include neck pain, shoulder pain, pins and needles, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms and hands. More severe symptoms can include loss of balance, stumbling, and a loss of bowel and bladder control.
Treatment When the spinal cord is compressed, it is important to relieve the pressure to prevent spinal cord damage. A cervical corpectomy is the removal of a portion of the vertebra, and is performed in addition to an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
Recovery In most cases patients stay in the hospital for 24 hours, and generally do not need a cervical collar. Most patients will notice immediate improvement of their symptoms, however some symptoms may improve gradually. Occasionally patients will experience a sore throat or some hoarseness for a few days following surgery. A positive attitude, reasonable expectations contribute to a satisfactory outcome. Most patients discontinue pain medication and resume their regular activities within a few weeks.
Cervical cases performed by Dr. Pashman