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Adv Orthop. 2012; 2012: 919153.
Published online Oct 20, 2011. doi:  10.1155/2012/919153
PMCID: PMC3199200
Operative Outcomes for Cervical Myelopathy and Radiculopathy
J. G. Galbraith, 1 * J. S. Butler, 2 A. M. Dolan, 1 and J. M. O'Byrne 2
1Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland
2Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas, Dublin 11, Ireland
*J. G. Galbraith: johng442/at/
Academic Editor: F. Cumhur Öner
Received March 28, 2011; Accepted August 16, 2011.
Cervical spondylotic myelopathy and radiculopathy are common disorders which can lead to significant clinical morbidity. Conservative management, such as physical therapy, cervical immobilisation, or anti-inflammatory medications, is the preferred and often only required intervention. Surgical intervention is reserved for those patients who have intractable pain or progressive neurological symptoms. The goals of surgical treatment are decompression of the spinal cord and nerve roots and deformity prevention by maintaining or supplementing spinal stability and alleviating pain. Numerous surgical techniques exist to alleviate symptoms, which are achieved through anterior, posterior, or circumferential approaches. Under most circumstances, one approach will produce optimal results. It is important that the surgical plan is tailored to address each individual's unique clinical circumstance. The objective of this paper is to analyse the major surgical treatment options for cervical myelopathy and radiculopathy focusing on outcomes and complications.
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