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A Journey of Cervical Spine Nerve Decompression

Every day in Hong Kong, hundreds of people seek medical help for various acute and chronic conditions, and Mr. Cheung, a 50-year-old, is one of them, suffering from severe cervical spinal stenosis.


Post-surgical cervical spine X-rays: The neck, captured in flexion and extension views, demonstrated preserved flexibility and stability.

Mr. Cheung's life became exceedingly difficult due to the compression of his spinal cord and nerve roots caused by a herniated cervical disc. His symptoms included neuropathic pain, numbness, and weakness in his limbs, making it impossible for him to engage in normal activities and causing instability even when walking. Additionally, he experienced symptoms related to the vagus nerve, such as dizziness, high blood pressure, and tinnitus, which severely impacted his quality of life. After enduring months of pain and several unsuccessful conservative treatments, Mr. Cheung decided to seek a more fundamental solution. After researching minimally invasive surgery online, he discussed it with his family and decided to consult a spinal neurosurgeon.


Minimally Invasive Posterior Mini-Decompressive Laminectomies for Spinal Cord and Nerves Decompression.

Following a thorough diagnosis and imaging studies, the surgeon identified the pathology at levels C4/5, C5/6, and C6/7. The recommended treatment was a minimally invasive posterior cervical laminectomy for decompression of the spinal cord and nerves. This surgery required only a small incision of 2-3 centimetres at the back of the neck and lasted about 4-6 hours.

The surgery was a remarkable success. On the second day post-operation, Mr. Cheung felt significant relief from the neuropathic pain, numbness, and weakness in his limbs. His muscle strength and walking gait also markedly improved. After spending just one night in the hospital, he returned home under the care of his family.

Post-surgery, Mr. Cheung's quality of life significantly improved. He was able to participate in daily activities and regained his freedom. He was grateful for the surgery, which he felt gave him a second chance at life, allowing him once again to enjoy quality time with his family.

Cervical disc protrusion and hypertrophic ligament causing spinal canal stenosis, leading to that severe spinal cord and nerves compression, the spinal cord was distorted shape, and with pathological edema.

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