Efficacy and safety of surgical decompression in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy: results of the AOSpine North America prospective multi-center study.

@article{Fehlings2013EfficacyAS,
  title={Efficacy and safety of surgical decompression in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy: results of the AOSpine North America prospective multi-center study.},
  author={Michael G. Fehlings and Jefferson R. Wilson and Branko Kopjar and Sangwook T. Yoon and Paul M. Arnold and Eric M. Massicotte and Alexander R. Vaccaro and Darrel S. Brodke and Christopher I Shaffrey and Justin S. Smith and Eric J. Woodard and Robert J. Banco and Jens Robert Chapman and Michael E. Janssen and Christopher M Bono and Rick C. Sasso and Mark B. Dekutoski and Ziya L. Gokaslan},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  year={2013},
  volume={95 18},
  pages={
          1651-8
        }
}
BACKGROUND Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is the leading cause of spinal cord dysfunction worldwide. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of surgical decompression on functional, quality-of-life, and disability outcomes at one year after surgery in a large cohort of patients with this condition. METHODS Adult patients with symptomatic cervical spondylotic myelopathy and magnetic resonance imaging evidence of spinal cord compression were enrolled at twelve North American… 

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