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Myelopathy is a condition that refers to a disorder of the spinal cord or spinal nerves. Often caused by compression or irritation, this condition can occur after trauma, natural degeneration of the spine or another type of spinal deformity. Ranging in grade, severity, and level, myelopathy is commonly caused by conditions such as spinal stenosis. As the spinal canal becomes narrowed (spinal stenosis), the spinal cord and surrounding nerves often become compressed. This leads to a number of chronic symptoms that can greatly reduce your quality of life, including:
- Shooting pain and weakness
- Radiating numbness into the hands and arms
- Tingling in the hand and arms
- Inability to walk or stand for long periods of time
- Local pain and weakness
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
Suffering from chronic pain and symptoms caused by myelopathy can prevent you from doing your hobbies or daily tasks. The first step to finding pain relief and recapturing a more active life is to reach out to your physician for a diagnosis. Once your condition is officially diagnosed as myelopathy, you and your doctor can work together to create a treatment plan that best fits your needs. Read on to learn more about the treatment options available for myelopathy, including traditional open neck or back surgery as well as minimally invasive spine surgery.
Highly invasive myelopathy surgery
If conservative measures for myelopathy such as anti-inflammatories, pain medications, muscle relaxants, chiropractic care, and steroid injections do not succeed, surgical intervention may become necessary. Traditionally, the only solution for patients suffering from myelopathy was to undergo a highly invasive open neck or back procedure in a hospital setting.
Accompanied by a large incision, long recovery time and invasive techniques, these procedures have an increased complication rate of 16.4 percent and an infection rate of up to 16 percent after surgery. However, patients now have access to a safer and effective alternative^ to traditional open fusion surgery — the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine.
Minimally invasive myelopathy surgery
Performed through a small incision, our expert surgeons are able to use our stabilization procedures to help treat myelopathy. Instead of cutting through the muscles surrounding the spine, our procedure focuses on moving the muscles aside to avoid disruption. This careful technique helps to reduce the recovery time and risk of complications compared to traditional open neck or back surgery. If you are interested in learning more about our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine.
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Laser Spine Brevard encompasses the absolute best board-certified physicians that have dedicated their lives to eliminating neck pain and back pain.
Our minimally invasive procedures are highly focused and designed specifically for each patient. Every procedure is done outpatient, which means the patient can go home the same day. At Laser Spine Brevard, your relief is our mission. Every member of our team, from your patient advocate to your surgeon, will have that mission in mind.
Why Choose Laser Spine Brevard?
Laser Spine Brevard believes in a comprehensive approach to spine pain care. Each patient is treated as an individual with personalized treatment and therapy to achieve their personal goals.
30,000 Successful Surgeries
To put it simply…a lot. Our surgeons have performed over 15,000 successful spine procedures. Each one is board certified and extremely skilled in fighting neck and back pain. We are the leaders in Laser Spine Surgery.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
The best choice for patients suffering from neck and back pain. This form of minimally invasive surgery provides an alternative to regular surgical procedures when other treatment methods have not produced the desired results. Laser techniques offer faster recovery times with fewer complications.
That’s why we are here. We have a duty to the patient to do everything we can to eliminate neck and back pain. Our newest location in Brevard is equipped to handle the most complex cases. Our surgeons are highly specialized and focused on eliminating chronic pain and getting patients back to a