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Surgery for CSM

Specialist recommendations:

Surgery is not without risk, which makes it difficult to decide when or if it is best to offer an operation. An international collaboration of specialists met in 2016 to review all available evidence and attempt to produce guidance on this question. Their recommendations can be read in more detail, but in short, they advised:

Patients with mild CSM can be offered rehabilitation therapy. If there is no improvement, surgery should be offered.
Surgery is recommended for moderate, severe or any progressive disease.

What are the Surgical Options?

This section of the website aims to provide information regarding the surgical process, from what to expect when meeting a surgeon, to the types of operations possible and the process of undergoing surgery for CSM.

Have you seen a doctor who has proposed surgery to treat CSM? What can you expect from surgery? What does surgery entail? What are the complications? How can you prepare yourself for treatment?  Learn more

Spine surgeons draw from a repertoire of different operations to decompress the spinal cord. The decision is based on patient specific factors and also preferences of the surgeon. Learn More

Have you seen a doctor who has proposed surgery to treat CSM? What can you expect from surgery? What does surgery entail? What are the complications? How can you prepare yourself for treatment? Learn More

With respect to CSM, many questions remain unanswered. It is up to YOU to help us resolve these questions, to advance our knowledge, and help refine our treatment options for CSM! Learn More