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what is spinal stenosis & what is prognosis after neck surgery for it?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Tight canal: Stenosis is a tightness of an opening. In this case there is a tightness/ smallness of the cervical canal thru which the spinal cord passes. This may be congenital in nature or a result of a disc herniation or hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum, or spondylosis. In any case once conservative care fails surgery is a viable option. When tailored to the patient specific problem the results are good.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
A narrow spine canal: Spinal stenosis is when the spine's canal is too narrow for nerve tissue, in the neck that is the spinal cord &/or nerves. Symptoms can be none to a pinched nerve to cord compression known as myleopathy. Surgical prognosis depends on severity of the stenosis, number of levels involved as well as type of neurologic issues present & if there are any cord changes by MRI as well as the surgical type.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Narrowing of spine: Stenosis means a narrowing. In spinal stenosis, the nerve canal that transmits the nerves is narrowed. The most common type is known as degenerative spinal stenosis. In this case, the narrowing is usually caused by arthritic bony spurs and degenerative discs , protruding into the spinal canal. A lay mans way to say the same thing is to say you have pinched nerves. Thank you for your question.

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