Pre-Treatment Plan

At your first appointment, your doctor will have reviewed your comprehensive health questionnaire. Your answers give the doctor detailed information about your pain and ability to function. This will help determine how serious your symptoms are and what treatments will be most helpful.

Surgery for Myelopathy

If you have myelopathy that is causing muscle weakness, your doctor will probably recommend surgery. Muscle weakness is a sign that the spinal cord and nerves are being injured. It is necessary to relieve pressure on the nerves to prevent permanent damage. However, you need to consider the risks of surgery along with the benefits of relieving pressure on the nerves and spinal cord Your spine surgeon can talk with you about surgery risks and benefits and tell you the most likely results of surgery or conservative (non-surgical) treatment.

If your myelopathy does not improve after you try other treatments, or if it is severe, surgery is recommended. It is strongly recommended if you have severe weakness and pain that affect your ability to move around normally. If you have had myelopathy for a long time, it can be difficult to return to normal activities even after surgery.

Types of surgery for myelopathy include: