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When there are signs that pressure is building on the spinal cord, surgery may be required – sometimes right away. Operations used to treat spinal stenosis include:
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion – In this procedure, the surgeon approaches the spine through an incision in the neck. The affected disk space is removed from the spine and replaced with a bone graft. Titanium screws and a plate are inserted to help stabilize the spine.
- Corpectomy – This procedure is used when bone spurs have developed in two or more vertebra. The surgeon removes the front part of the vertebrae, and replaces this void with a metal cage. The cage is filled with bone graft to aid in fusion.
- Laminoplasty – In this procedure, part of the bony arch is removed and a hinge is created. This hinge is “opened” to increase room for the spinal cord