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Father has Cervical Myelopathy : Seeking Surgery help

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My father was diagnosed with Cervical Myelopathy, having
2 fractures and 2 ruptures in the neck portion of the spine.

He first started feeling a cold, chilly sensation in one of his legs that progressively got worse. Over the course of about 3 weeks it spread to the other legs and to his hands. He has also had a benign tumor in the lower portion of the back for a few years. Doctors determined this was not the cause of his symptoms. They have prescribed some steroid anti-inflammatory drug that has had no noticeable effect.

We are not sure if he should have fusion surgery. Is it possible for these effects to subside? Is surgery the best option? How important is the experience level of the surgeon for this particular operation?

We are very worried for his health. Please help.


  • Hi Jami,

    First off, I am NOT a doctor so anything I tell you is from my personal experience only. You need to follow the advise of your fathers medical professionals.

    If you research this site you'll learn that myelopathy is damage to the spinal cord and that the only treatment is decompression, ie: surgery. Depending on the severity of the encroachment and symptoms this can be an emergency as some spinal cord damage can be irreversible. It's nothing to be taken lightly. When I was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy I was in surgery a week later- and that was too late for my surgeon.

    If you aren't comfortable with the choice in surgeons find another- fast. Experience is important and it's much better, again in my opinion, to have this surgery done by a neurosurgeon rather than an orthopedic surgeon.

    I'm sure others will chime in on this subject as well. There are many of us here with myelopathy that have been through surgery and had the progression stopped. There is no guarantee that the existing symptoms will go away but decompression will halt further damage.

    All the best to your father and you. Please let us know what happens.

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