Conditions and Treatments

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

What Is Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy/ Spinal Cord Compression?

Cervical spondylosis is a general condition that occurs as we age that results in the weakening and drying out of the intervertebral discs in the neck. Degenerating discs can later contribute to the development of osteoarthritis of the neck. During the aging process, the body often responds by creating more bone. This bone can take up valuable space and compress or squeeze the spinal canal, often leading to several syndromes including cervical spondylotic myelopathy and cervical radiculopathy. Cervical spondylotic myelopathy results in a loss of function as a result of changes of the discs and facet joints stemming from compression of the spinal cord. This is an extremely serious condition that may place patients at risk of neurologic deterioration and should be evaluated by a spinal surgeon specializing in the treatment of complex cervical disorders.

What Is the Cause of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy/Spinal Cord Compression?

What Are the Symptoms of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy/Spinal Cord Compression?

What Are the Treatment Options for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy/Spinal Cord Compression?

Surgical Treatment

Dr. Singh may recommend a surgical solution for myelopathy. The goal, regardless of the surgical method used, is to open space (decompress) the spinal cord removing the pressure on the spinal cord to improve symptoms and reduce the risk of neurologic deterioration over time or with a traumatic event. The three most common surgeries for treating cervical spondylotic myelopathy include:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty