What is a Cervical Canal Stenosis ?

Cervical spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal  canal and/or the spinal nerve root passages in your neck. When this narrowing occurs, your spinal cord and/or nerves may become compressed and cause symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in your neck, shoulders, and extremities.

  • A rheumatologist to treat arthritis and related disorders.
  • A neurologist to treat nerve disorders.
  • An orthopaedic surgeon to operate on bones.

Symptoms of Cervical Spinal Stenosis

  • Neck pain
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arm, leg, hand, or foot
  • Balance problems
  • Trouble using fingers and hands for tasks
  • Leg spasms
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control, in severe cases

What are the risks of surgery for spinal stenosis?

  • Nerve injury.
  • Tear in the membrane that covers the nerve or spinal cord.
  • Failure of the bone to heal after surgery.
  • Failure of the metal plates, screws and other fasteners.
  • Need for additional surgery.
  • No relief of symptoms/return of symptoms.