Cervical myelopathy is a condition arising from the narrowing of the spinal cord in the neck. Its symptoms can be subtle during its early manifestation, but it is most noticeable in the hands. Additional symptoms may include deterioration of fine motor skills, numbness, and loss of balance. As the condition worsens, it may also lead to arm and leg weakness and possible changes in bowel or bladder habits. Surgical intervention may help with preventing the progression of symptoms.
LYNN O.: “What a journey since I woke up early one morning with a feeling of ice water dripping on my left shoulder, neck, and face. The left side of my mouth and face were numb. I thought I was having a stroke. Dr. Cantor and his staff are very caring people so when I called, they must have heard the nervousness and worry in my voice, because Dr. Cantor got on the phone right away and assured me he knew what the problem was and wanted me in the office as soon as I could get there. By the way, I live in North Carolina, and by the time I got my tickets to fly down the next morning, his staff had made an appointment for me to get a CT. The following day I was in Dr. Cantor’s office with scans in hand.
Dr. Cantor is a passionate surgeon; passionate about his own method of performing this delicate surgery and warm to his patients. The scans showed that I had a narrowing of the cervical spinal cord canal plus bone spurs were badly scraping and pinching nerves on the left side. “Yep, let’s get this fixed!” Dr. Cantor said. I appreciate how Dr. Cantor, his PA, and other staff members stood together with me to evaluate the scans and share their thoughts and experiences. I no longer feel that icy, numb feeling on my face, neck, and shoulder. All of that subsided quickly after my cervical laminoplasty surgery. I was eager to get back to my hobbies of vintage watch repair and silver-smithing as well as working on vintage motorcycles and a ’65 Mustang (I was worried if I could bear long periods of working over a bench.) With a strong desire, slowly but surely I’m back now 100%, in just eight months, and doing the things I love. Many thanks to Dr. Cantor and all my friends at the Cantor Spine Institute for my care and recovery.”