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Surgical Treatments For Cervical Myelopathy

Condition: Cervical Myelopathy

A common result of the wear and tear of aging, cervical myelopathy is estimated to affect at least 41 million people in North America alone. This degenerative condition results from compression of the spinal cord in the neck. Although there is no cure for the degenerative changes that happen in the cervical spine, there are a number of non-surgical and surgical options to relieve pain.  

Dayton Neurologic Associates provides anterior cervical fusion surgery to relieve pain, and help release pressure on the spinal cord. As a minimally-invasive spine surgery specialist, Dr. Michael P. Verdon is well-equipped to evaluate and treat patients with cervical myelopathy in a compassionate, welcoming environment. When you are a patient at our practice, you will be treated like family. 

If you suspect you are suffering from this painful condition or are still in pain following cervical myelopathy surgery, reach out to us today. Request an appointment online or call a location near you to get started on your journey to a fuller, pain-free life!

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Cervical Myelopathy Treatment

At Dayton Neurologic Associates, we take all conditions of the spine and their potentially life-altering effects very seriously. We understand how difficult the recovery journey can be for cervical myelopathy patients, and that’s why we employ the latest diagnostics and minimally-invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Verdon has over 20 years of experience treating spinal disorders, and strives to ensure excellent clinical outcomes for his patients, whether or not they undergo surgery. 

Cervical myelopathy can sometimes be managed with physical therapy and a cervical collar brace. However, anterior cervical fusion surgery is often necessary to prevent the condition from worsening over time. This type of surgery typically achieves long-term success, and provides significant pain relief and improved mobility for patients. Dr. Verdon starts by thoroughly evaluating his patients and going over their medical history before deciding whether or not surgical intervention is necessary. 

Top Surgeon for Minimally Invasive Cervical Spine Surgery

A Quality Approach to Treatment

Dayton Neurologic Associates is independently owned and operated by Dr. Michael P. Verdon in Dayton and Beavercreek, Ohio. As a smaller practice, Dr. Verdon is able to devote enough time to his patients to see each of them at every one of their appointments. From the initial visit to surgery to the final follow-up, Dr. Verdon will be with you every step of the way. 

If you have been searching for a spinal or nerve pain specialist, you have come to the right place. Our practice develops personalized treatment plans for each patient that caters to their unique symptoms and lifestyle needs. You can put your “nerve pain doctor near me” searches to rest by calling or requesting an appointment online today. We look forward to serving you!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of cervical myelopathy?

The symptoms of cervical myelopathy include the following:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms, fingers, or hands
  • Muscle weakness (arms, shoulders, hands)
  • Difficulty grasping onto items
  • Imbalance and unsteady gait
  • Fine motor skill loss (e.g. handwriting, buttoning)

How is cervical myelopathy diagnosed?

Doctors can diagnose this condition a number of ways, including:

  • Physical exam
  • X-ray
  • MRI scan
  • CT scan
  • Myelogram

Does anterior cervical fusion surgery have a high success rate?

Yes. Between 73 to 83 percent of patient’s saw a reduction in their neck pain following surgery, and as many as 93 percent of patients saw arm pain relief.

Is anterior cervical fusion always necessary?

Not always. However, if non-surgical treatments have not proven successful, this surgery may be the best option to reduce symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life.