When the spinal canal in the neck begins to narrow, it may lead to a condition called cervical spinal stenosis. This narrowing of the spinal canal may squeeze and compress the nerve roots or even the spinal cord itself, causing stiffness, numbness, or weakness in the arms, legs, and the neck. It may also affect bowel and bladder habits in extreme cases. The condition is often caused by a lifetime of wear and tear and the normal aging process as the spinal canal changes in size and shape. Hence, it is more common in older patients. Symptoms may also include hand clumsiness, a loss balance, or even paraplegia in severe cases.
For many years I was experiencing neck pain and frequent, severe headaches. As a healthcare professional, I did extensive research in addition to obtaining many physicians’ opinions regarding my cervical stenosis. Dr. Cantor is
the only surgeon who offered a state-of-the-art motion-sparing solution that did not involve a “fusion,” metal screws, plates or rods.
I was suffering from severe cervical stenosis. I’m a PE teacher, soccer ref and avid basketball player. I’d been suffering from pain for the past 15 years, but just played through it like anyone else.
There I was, lying facedown on my bed, unable to move. The pain in my back and neck had reached an all-time high. The immobility was a new development. The pain, well, I’d been dealing with that for some time—longer than I should have.
“Dear Dr. Cantor, Basketball has its dream team: Jordan, Bird and Magic. My dream team is led by you and your associates. Through my two surgeries, your team, pre-op and post-op, did not miss the dotting of an “i” or the crossing of a “t.”
Like a well-oiled machine, every aspect of my treatment was done with great precision. I can’t thank you and your team enough. Words can’t express my gratitude for a job so well done.”
Words cannot express how much I appreciate you giving me back my life and to be able to play with my granddaughter again while being free from pain.
From the moment that I walked into your office to even now after my surgery, the team you have is just amazing. When we decided to move forward with correcting my C6/C7 I never felt alone or scared even the day of surgery. You really have no idea how much it means to have that feeling that your life is safe and that you trust your surgeon and team…you gave that to me.
If I ever meet anyone that needs to have surgery, you are the one that I would recommend. I wouldn’t go to anyone else.
“What a journey since I woke up early one morning with a feeling of ice water dripping on my left shoulder, neck and face. The left side of my mouth and face were numb. I thought I was having a stroke.
Dr. Cantor and his staff are very caring people so when I called, they must have heard the nervousness and worry in my voice, because Dr. Cantor got on the phone right away and assured me he knew what the problem was and wanted me in the office as soon as I could get there. By the way, I live in North Carolina, and by the time I got my tickets to fly down the next morning his staff had made an appointment for me to get a CT. The following day I was in Dr. Cantor’s office with scans in hand.
Dr. Cantor is a passionate surgeon; passionate about his own method of performing this delicate surgery and warm to his patients.
The scans showed that I had a narrowing of the cervical spinal cord canal plus bone spurs were badly scraping and pinching nerves on the left side. “Yep, let’s get this fixed!” Dr. Cantor said. I appreciate how Dr. Cantor, his PA, and other staff members stood together with me to evaluate the scans and share their thoughts and experiences.
I no longer feel that icy, numb feeling on my face, neck and shoulder. All of that subsided quickly after my cervical laminoplasty surgery.
I was eager to get back to my hobbies of vintage watch repair and silver-smithing as well as working on vintage motorcycles and a ’65 Mustang (I was worried if I could bear long periods of working over a bench.) With a strong desire, slowly but surely I’m back now 100%, in just eight months, and doing the things I love.
Many thanks to Dr. Cantor and all my friends at the Cantor Spine Institute for my care and recovery.”