Damage to the spinal cord, an information superhighway that originates in the brain, is a very devastating injury that can lead to paralysis. Most people have heard of traumatic spinal cord injuries because the sudden tragedies grab headlines from time to time. But, few people have heard of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the tube which shelters the spinal cord called the spinal canal (See Spine Anatomy 101 ). As the space tightens like a noose, this slow strangulation of the nerves in the spine can disrupt anyone’s life. Sara turned 68 years old last month. She has enjoyed good health and has been an avid golfer. But, lately she has noticed an aching pain in her legs that occurs when she is walking or standing. This new problem has really slowed her golf game down and has made it difficult for her to even do her own grocery shopping. The only way she can make it up and down the aisles is by leaning on the shopping cart because that eases her pain. Frustrated, she calls to ...
Cervical spinal surgery is used to correct the part of the spine in the neck, including problems with the bones (vertebrae), disks, and nerves.
Cervical spinal surgery
The cervical spine is part of the spine that runs through the neck area. It consists of seven vertebrae and eight pairs of spinal nerves (called C1 to C8). The two most common problems people have with the cervical spine are herniation and stenosis.
For detailed information on those conditions see:
Herniated intervertebral disk
The specific cervical spine surgery depends on what is causing the problem. The surgery is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and pain-free).
If there is a single herniated disk, then the disk may simply be removed through a surgical cut that is made in either the front or the back of the body.
If more than one disk needs to be removed, the sp...
Alternative Names Abscess - spinal cord Treatment The goals of treatment are to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and cure the infection. Urgent surgery to relieve the pressure is sometimes recommended. The surgery is called laminectomy. It involves removing part of the spine bone and draining the abscess. Sometimes it is not possible to completely drain the abscess. Medicines are prescribed to get rid of the infection. This may include a combination of antibiotics. Corticosteroids may occasionally be prescribed to reduce swelling and pressure on the spinal cord. Support Groups Expectations (prognosis) How well a person does after treatment varies. Some people recover completely. An untreated spinal cord abscess can lead to spinal cord compression . It can cause permanent, severe paralysis and nerve loss. It may be life-threatening. If the abscess is not drained completely, it may return or cause scarring in the spinal cord. Complications The abscess can either injure the spinal cord from direct ...
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