This procedure has been the ‘gold-standard’ for dealing with anterior (front) spinal cord compression secondary to disc herniation, trauma, tumour, infection etc. It involves removing the compressive element using the microscope (Microscopic Decompression) and reconstruction with bone graft, plates & screws.
Preoperative MRI showing C5-6 Disc Herniation causing Spinal Cord compression & Cervical Myelopathy
Pre-operative MRI demonstrating spinal cord compression at C4-5 & C5-6 causing cervical myelopathy
Post-operative Xray & CT Scan displaying adequate spinal cord decompression and placement of bone-graft after removing the C5 vertebral body (C5 corpectomy) and stabilization with plate & screws