Surgical Intervention Options
If cervical spinal stenosis has progressed to the point where it's difficult for patients to walk or they're having issues with their bowel and bladder movements, surgery may be necessary to at least lessen the severity of these symptoms. The surgical procedure patients are provided with mostly depends on the surgeon's specific recommendation. The most common surgeries for spinal stenosis include laminoplasty and laminectomy procedures, both of which are designed to create more space for the bones in the spinal cord.
Because of the inherent risks of surgery, it's important for patients to explore their non-surgical options before opting for surgery. A patient's surgeon will be able to better inform them about the results they should expect as well as the recovery time that comes with the procedure for their specific case of cervical spinal stenosis. Some of the additional surgeries used for spinal stenosis include foraminotomy, cervical arthroplasty, and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.