FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Nine million Americans suffer neck pain brought on by the narrowing of the space around the spinal cord. The risk of the problem increases as we age, but now one doctor is fighting back with a unique tool.
Sandra Lee can’t play the piano like she used to because of severe spinal pain. Cervical stenosis in her neck has taken away her coordination and more.
“I had no feeling whatsoever throughout my whole body,” Sandra Lee told Ivanhoe.
Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Cantor is using a new device called a bone scalpel to perform a laminoplasty on Sandra’s neck.
“It is an ultrasonic tool to essentially melt the bone. So, essentially what we are going to do is take the pinched area of the cord and open it so it is no longer compressed,” Jeffrey B. Cantor, MD, Director at South Florida Spine Clinic, told Ivanhoe.
The BoneScalpel can help relieve numbness and pain through a one and a half inch incision on the back of the neck without limiting mobility. It can break through an egg shell without damaging the membrane underneath. During surgery, the device causes less bleeding and less damage to surrounding tissue and muscle compared to the traditional technique.
“Our goal is to take this area and make it actually larger than this area down here,” Dr. Cantor explained.
Just days after surgery Sandra’s walking without a walker and she’s hopeful the feeling will soon return to her limbs. The doctor says there’s a 60 percent chance that will happen.
Several studies found the BoneScalpel is safe and effective for spinal surgery. New research also found the precision ultra-sonic device is safe and efficient in harvesting bones to be used in reconstructive surgeries for head and neck cancer patients. MORE.
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