Cervical spondylosis w/o myelopathy
Does anyone know if the neurosurgeons use an ultrasonic scalpel for cervical stenosis? I've read that sometimes surgery can be done to preemept future disk replacement and fusion.
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@cbove2 You may be interested in this discussion that does mention an ultrasonic scalpel. It is used for easy and precise cutting through bone. So I guess it depends on what you would need a surgeon to do for you. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/controversial-trends-in-spine-care/
This discussion talks about a device used to keep a space between the vertebrae as an add on to the outside of the spine. That may not be for cervical issues. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/veriflex-superion-implant/
I do know that sometimes surgeons will remove a bit of extruded disc without removing the disc itself. Discs can degenerate and it depends on how far that goes. I had a ruptured disc that had collapsed about 50% of its height. At that point, it was not salvageable, and I had the disc removed and a fusion.
What condition do you have as a concern about your spine? Have you had a consult with a neurosurgeon?
Can get cervical vertigo from spondylosis and light headedness from it.
Hello @shellbinkert and welcome to Connect. Are you experiencing vertigo? That is very strange. I went through some of that before I had my cervical spine surgery when my C1 & C2 were getting twisted by muscle spasms. Are you seeing a spine specialist and do you have a condition that could be addressed with spine surgery?
Yes for year now dealing with vertigo. I see pain management specialist.