The only treatment found to be effective in the treatment of cervical myelopathy is surgical decompression of the spinal canal. The main goal of this type of surgery is to halt the progressiveness of the condition and stabilize the patient's neurological condition.
The type of surgical procedure will be discussed with you by your surgeon and may either be through an anterior approach from the front of the neck or posterior approach from the back of the neck or if necessary a combined procedure in which both are used. The location where the decompression is being done is a partial factor on which approach is used. Surgery may include anterior cervical discectomy & fusion (ACDF) or anterior cervical corpectomy & fusion (ACCF). Or it may include a laminectomy.