Cervical Stenosis

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What is Cervical Stenosis?

Cervical stenosis occurs when the spinal canal in the neck narrows, pinching the nerves where they leave the spinal cord. The compression of this nerve can lead to numbness, weakness or tingling in a leg, foot, arm or hand, with a tingling hand being one of the most common symptoms.

Read what our patients are saying:

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CERVICAL SPINAL STENOSIS

“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.

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His solution also allowed me to retain full unrestricted range of motion of my neck. This is very important to me as I am a very sports-oriented person. Since my procedure in 2009, I have had no headaches or significant neck discomfort and lead a full and active lifestyle. Doing this has changed my life incredibly for the better. I would recommend Dr. Cantor first and foremost to anyone considering spinal surgery.”

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Bruce B.

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CERVICAL STENOSIS 
“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.

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I had numbness and tingling in my hands and shoulder, I would become unbalanced and very fatigued, and my sleep was constantly interrupted as I couldn’t lay on my back or side without discomfort. It soon became too painful to run. I thought I’d have to give up refereeing for good. I saw so many spine surgeons and neurologists about my problem. They sounded like Frankenstein, talking about plates and screws! Then someone told me about Dr. Cantor. I did my due diligence online, reading reviews and articles. No-one has a bad word to say about him. He sounded very progressive. He spent 90 minutes with me, talking about my specific issue, showing me Powerpoint slides from his physician lectures, and going through every surgical possibility. It was his positive attitude and focus on sparing mobility that convinced me to go with Cantor. That was 11 weeks ago. I’m now feeling better than I have in years! I can shoot hoops again, and am going to resume my role as a soccer ref. I’m ecstatic. I can’t thank him enough!”

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David P. 

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SPINAL STENOSIS

“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.

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I winced as I tried to move and thought back on the days I’d woken with a pinching pain slightly worse than the day before, taking an Advil hoping it would help. But nothing helped. Stretching, massages, taking it easy—I’d tried it all, and there was no relief.

Something had to be done. I couldn’t keep living like this.

I walked into the orthopedic surgeon’s office with my arm held high over my head. I don’t know why, but this position offered me momentary solace from the pain in my back. Seeing me this way, the orthopedic surgeon instantly knew what was wrong and recommended I see Dr. Jeffrey Cantor of the Cantor Spine Institute.

A spine surgeon? That couldn’t be right, I thought. I felt a little uneasy about the visit—surely it couldn’t be that serious.

Walking into Dr. Cantor’s office, I realized he must be a pretty good doctor, with a high approval rating and a waiting room full of patients. He came in, sat down and took his time, asking me how I was feeling and what I wanted to do. After taking X-rays, he announced that I had spinal stenosis—a condition where arthritis builds up around the bones, blocking off the spinal cord.

This diagnosis caught me off-guard. I thought I just had a pinched nerve. Fortunately, Dr. Cantor made me feel confident that he knew how to fix it. 

I’d always considered myself a healthy guy, but Dr. Cantor’s diet and health plan pre-surgery made me change my ways. Healthy green shakes, lots of vegetables, fruit, and lean protein rounded out my diet. Water and antioxidants built up my immune system so I’d be strong going into surgery.

Positive thinking became my go-to. I’d tell myself, “Everything is going to be OK.” I knew it hurt now, but it would get better. It was easy to see the role my frame of mind played in this journey toward wellness. Negativity equals stress, and I knew that giving in would keep me from reaching my goal, so I stayed positive.

Before the big day, I didn’t have many reservations. Everyone has fear and concerns when it comes to surgery, of course, but I knew I had to do something to alleviate this pain. My biggest worry centered around whether or not I’d be a full person at the end of it all. I felt scared of limitation and further discomfort. I wanted to get back to being completely functional again.

So I asked Dr. Cantor, “Will I be 100 percent when you’re done?”

He looked at me and without hesitating, said, “Yeah, I think you will be.”

And you know what? I was. I am. So far, it’s been perfect. I feel brand new.”

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Robert C.

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CERVICAL STENOSIS 
“Patience, patience, patience. That was the mantra that kept my spirits up and my outlook positive, both before and after my spinal surgery.

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Born and raised on the West Coast, and now a resident of Ft. Lauderdale, I have always been drawn to ocean waters. Because of the excellent coastal weather and my proximity to the ocean, I adopted a love of swimming and have been actively involved in it for years. I view it as a rewarding way to stay healthy and spend my free time still to this day. Unfortunately, however, for much of my life pain has been an obstacle between me and my beloved pastime.

My pain began when I was younger. I was in a car accident, and after that, it hurt to turn my neck at times. I did physical therapy (PT) to help correct the pain, which seemed to work for a time. But as I got older, the pain remained with me.

I tried acupuncture, massages, PT, more PT, an epidural, and even Botox over the years, but to no avail. Even after all the failed attempts to correct the injury, gradually the pain began to build.

It was at that point I started my medical journey to improve my condition. It began with me visiting a neurosurgeon who thought it best to fuse my spine, but I knew that would be the end of my swimming career, so I put it off. Then I started losing feeling in my hand. It was at that moment I realized something had to be done.

I heard about Dr. Cantor and the Spine Institute from a friend on my swim team. She had a successful neck procedure done so I knew her recommendation would be worth looking into for my pain management.    

One of the main reasons I continued to surgery was my fear of not being able to participate in competitive swimming. It was a major worry of mine leading up to the diagnosis and, consequently, the surgery.

After meeting with Dr. Cantor, he walked me through his findings and explained to me in extensive detail that my spinal cord was damaged, and it was continuing to get worse with time—obviously the last thing I wanted to hear.

Dr. Cantor advised I go ahead and have surgery, which, of course, I fought at first. After realizing I wouldn’t be able to swim effectively without fixing my spine, however, I knew I had to move forward with the procedure. 

Although it took some time to adjust and heal, after a year and a half I couldn’t be more pleased with the renewed sense of life the surgery has offered me.

Looking back, I see how important finding the right doctor was. I’m so thankful Dr. Cantor was there to help encourage me toward revitalized health.

Even after all of my concerns leading up to surgery, I was still able to go back to the sport I love. I’m now swimming daily and able to dive into my passion because of Dr. Cantor’s precision, insight, and focus on making people healthy again. I’m also thrilled to share that not even eighteen months after the surgery, I was able to compete in a national championship swimming competition, and I won all of my events and even had my very best time in one of my races!

I attribute it all to the fact that I’ve gotten stronger. I have better neuromuscular connection. And I’m no longer damaging my spine.”

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Linda W. 

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SPINAL STENOSIS

“It first started back in 2004. I began to get short, sporadic bursts of numbness and pain that would radiate from the center of my chest to the left side of my body. The first thing you think about is a heart problem, so I went to get an EKG.

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They told me everything was fine, that it’s probably a pinched nerve, and that I should go and see a chiropractor. I was a minor league hockey player growing up, and I’d always been very flexible. And I’d always had a difficult time with chiropractors, who would bend me this way and that and nothing would snap. So given that the pain was sporadic at best, I thought I’d just shrug it off like most men do, and it would eventually go away. Plus I was in the early stages of a divorce after 26 years of marriage, and I had a daughter in college, and it was a stressful period of my life, so I thought that the pain I was experiencing probably had something to do with that.

A year later the pain and numbness down my left side began to increase in frequency and intensity, to the point that I would sometimes have to lie down for a few minutes until it passed. I was a base player in a band at the time, and if I played for a long gig it would recur. But over the next few years it practically went away, and I didn’t bother about it too much after that.

Then in late 2013 it suddenly came back with a vengeance. By then I was going through a second divorce, which was even more stressful than the first, and so I thought it was due to all the anxiety I was experiencing. By the beginning of 2014 it would happen maybe once every three or four weeks, and it would last up to a minute. It felt like pins and needles, and I couldn’t feel my arm move at times. It started to affect my sleep. I went to an urgent care doctor and they prescribed some pain killers. Despite usually being very laid back (I was one of Miami’s first community police officers so it would take a lot to rile me up) I became constantly irritable and I suddenly had no patience for anyone, which was totally out of character. My behavior became more erratic, I started drinking and I was a mess.

One night, my band was playing a gig locally and we had a huge crowd. As the lead singer in the band I get quite animated. But suddenly, the whole side of my body went completely dead. I thought I was having a stroke! It passed after a few minutes but was sufficiently serious this time for me to resolve to seek medical attention. My drummer recommended that I come and see Dr. Cantor, where he worked as a physician’s assistant. He saw me on a Monday, sent me off for an MRI on Wednesday, and on Friday I came back for the diagnosis.

Dr. Cantor explained exactly what was going on. Apparently I was suffering from spinal stenosis, that had wrapped itself around my nerve and was affecting the whole left side of my body. Dr. Cantor put me immediately at ease and explained my surgical options. He had the sort of reassuring confidence that you want in your physician. He showed me videos and pictures and seemed to have a genuine concern in designing a solution that was going to be right for me and getting me back to a normal life. Later that afternoon, I went to see another spine surgeon for a second opinion, just to do my due diligence and give myself the reassurance that I was choosing the right option. My experience was like night and day. He immediately started talking about a fusion of my neck, a much more radical procedure. The doctor was cold and detached; it felt like I was going to get a consultation with an attorney. I left there feeling horrified. It was a totally different story to what I was being told at the Cantor Spine Institute. When I came here I got exactly what I needed to hear: they knew exactly what was wrong; they were going to fix me up; they were going to take care of me; this wasn’t the end of the world; I was going to be fine.

I was scheduled for surgery at Holy Cross Hospital in August. In fact, we decided to bring it forward a few days as I had to quit a gig early because I couldn’t breathe or turn my head at one point. I know many people who go into surgery with a great deal of anxiety, but Dr. Cantor allayed all my fears. Not only did he make a complex procedure seem very routine – he explained it in a way that made perfect sense to me in terms of how and why this particular procedure would work. I felt completely at ease.

I don’t remember too much about my time in the hospital. It all went very smoothly. I was discharged the following day and began my recovery at home. The first shower the day after surgery was very uncomfortable, but that was understandable. I slept a lot during that first week. I was up and starting to move around by the end of that week. I was back to work in about three weeks. I had to wear a neck brace for five or six weeks and keep my head straight. I noticed the only restriction I had was driving, as I couldn’t really turn my head. The follow-up care was great. I had a nurse come to my house to check up on me several times during the first couple of weeks, which was very convenient. My recovery was pretty smooth. I was back on stage performing just over a month later. So far, there’s been no recurrence of my pain and numbness whatsoever. My irritability went away. It’s been like night and day. I feel like it’s taken about 10 years off my life. And it’s helped with things I didn’t even know I had a problem with. For example, prior to surgery it was almost impossible for me to reach orgasm. After the surgery, everything works just fine! My body reacts just differently now. It’s literally like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel really blessed to have met Dr. Cantor.”

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Tom

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CERVICAL STENOSIS

“It started in my elbow. “Just a little tingle, nothing to worry about,” I told myself.

Over time, however, the sensation made its way to my arm, then eventually down to my feet.

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In a state of confusion, I couldn’t tell if my feet are cooperating with the rest of my body.

I asked myself, “Are they working?”

“Are they going the right way?”

“Do I have control?”

“What is wrong with me?” 

Searching for answers was a journey in and of itself. I bounced around from doctor to doctor—referred to a hand specialist then an orthopedics specialist. The longer I went without answers, the more my frustration grew.

Fast-forward a few weeks when, while at a neighbor’s party, I discussed my condition with my friends—not actively seeking a solution, but wishfully hoping someone would emerge with one. It was then that my friend mentioned a spinal doctor, which initially led to an uneasy feeling. He seemed to think I had a spinal disorder—could I?

I knew I needed to conduct more research, so I took my friend’s recommendation and set up an appointment with Dr. Cantor at the Cantor Spine Institute. As an active individual, I was immediately impressed with Dr. Cantor’s medical knowledge and personal athleticism. He mentioned I might have a classic European spine case dealing with my cadaver bone.

Sure enough, the X-rays indicated this was the case. I knew I had no other alternative—surgery was the answer.

No more than three weeks later, right around Thanksgiving, I went back to Dr. Cantor for my procedure. Dr. Cantor was incredibly thorough with his approach. He detailed exactly what needed to be done during my surgery. 

Swimming and flying have been two major investments and triumphs in my life. My biggest fear going into surgery was that I wouldn’t be able to do either one after the fact. I wasn’t ready to give up my sport and my hobby. Thankfully I didn’t have to. I was back in shape in no time at all. Within three months I was swimming again. After another three, I was able to compete.

It was all because I was in the right place at the right time, and ran into somebody who told me about Jeff Cantor. I was very fortunate.

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Beda

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CERVICAL STENOSIS

“I spent greater than 10 years in the operating room selling tools and equipment for spinal surgery and working directly with the surgeons.

 My life changed when I developed cervical spinal stenosis.  The pressure on my spinal cord in my neck initially caused mild numbness in my hands but with time it progressed to constant numbness, weakness, headaches, pain, and eventually some loss of use of my hands.  I was going to have to quit working. 

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 Early on I was told by nearly all of the surgeons that I worked with that I would need surgery to prevent damage to my spinal cord.   A multiple level spinal fusion.  I knew what that implied and put it off as long as possible…three years of worsening.  It was a bad idea to wait any longer.

I researched all of my options.  Many of my colleagues in spinal surgery told me about an alternative minimally invasive non-fusion procedure done by Dr. Jeffrey Cantor.  He uses ultrasonic tools to remove pressure on the spinal cord and reshape the spinal canal “without any fusions”.
Through my work I was able to get into the operating room with Dr. Cantor and see him perform this surgery.  The difference was dramatic.  I spoke with many patients who have had the procedure and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

My surgery was five years ago.  All of my symptoms are gone.  My neck moves like normal.  I have changed my career, work outside, and enjoy my family.”

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Harris L.

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CERVICAL CONGENITAL SPINAL STENOSIS

“I was 13 when I first realized that something was wrong. I was away on an adventure camp boogie boarding in the Carolinas and was thrown on my head riding a wave. The sensation – what I later learned was pinched nerves emanating from my neck – was both scary and confusing.

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I guess the closest way I’ve heard it described is like a bad case of pins and needles, but it’s obviously the nerves’ response to being pinched or damaged. I would relate it to when you sprain or fracture a limb – the feeling you get when that particularly spot is touched. Regardless, I didn’t realize it at the time but it was the first sign that something was amiss.

The following year, I tried out for American football as a freshman and started playing offensive right guard and defensive end. It wasn’t long after getting hit a few times that I realized my body was trying to protect itself from something. After getting “jacked” under the chin and my head snapped back I realized something wasn’t right. My mother took me to see a neurologist and I had two MRIs in the DC area, where I grew up. From what I recall, they effectively told my mom to drive carefully on the way home, as a minor fender-bender could leave me an invalid! You can imagine that didn’t help her already anxious disposition!

I was ultimately told that my only real option was removing the posterior vertebrae in my spine to leave some space for the central nervous cord, which appeared to be congenitally impinged. We all decided that was not a viable option.

Many years later, now in my early forties, and I was still experiencing some minor nerve issues in my extremities. This coincided with me taking the plunge and setting up my own media business after 16 years with the same employer. With an imminent change in my perfectly good and affordable health plan, I decided that now was a good time to check in on my spinal health.

I first visited an orthopedist who did some PNS (Peripheral Nervous System) tests and sent me to get an MRI. After a second MRI, it was determined that my cervical spinal area was severely impinged and, in fact, I had sustained some permanent damage. Fortunately, I had not yet noticed any serious clinical issues nor had it noticeably affected me in my daily life. I went to visit three out of five surgeons that my doctor referred me to. Interestingly, all of them agreed on the same solution: a laminoplasty –  although some naturally differed in their approach and technique.

After conducting my research I finally settled on a well-regarded spinal surgeon at the University of Miami, despite his inordinately long waiting list, and set a date for my operation in the summer of 2015. I figured that in the intervening months, someone from his office would get back to me and answer a few of the basic questions I had about the procedure. You don’t enter into an operation like this without having some questions, so I approached it in a very organized and methodical fashion, both calling and emailing a list of basic questions and concerns. To no avail.

As the date neared, I was left to do my own research online and reviewed several medical journals. My prospects following my planned surgery did not seem as bright as I would have liked. It was around this time that my wife came across the old Cantor Spine Institute website, which I do recall having seen before but had essentially written off due to its “infomercial” appearance and what seemed to me, granted at a quick glance, to be some gimmicky new procedure in sports medicine and surgery. She urged me to give it another look, which I did, and that’s when I called in and spoke to Jerry – an honest, humble, knowledgeable, patient communicator who was able to explain to me in relatively simple terms what they did and their expectations for my recovery based on other patients’ results.

By now I was about one week out from my scheduled surgery at UM and I was getting nothing but radio silence. After some soul searching with close friends and family and professionals, I quickly became aware that, as “D-Day” was rapidly approaching, that I was simply not feeling good about my involvement in something that would certainly be life altering for better or worse. So at 5am the morning of the surgery, as the hospital called to ask if I was coming in on time, my response was simply, “No thank you.”

Two days later I went in to see Dr. Cantor. He spent close to 1.5 hours with me, explaining what he did differently and his assessment of my medical condition. I was given numerous patient referrals, one of which was with a woman who had almost exactly what I had and was in her early thirties when she underwent his procedure. I believe I spoke to five or six patients in all, and there was a clear consensus that he was a gifted surgeon who had innovated a procedure that put the complete health of the patient first. In addition, the relative successes of the surgeries that each patient had undergone really spoke for themselves.

I scheduled my surgery for mid-September. The difference in how I felt going into this surgery compared to my feelings leading up to the planned surgery with UM was night and day. For the first time I felt confident that I was making the right decision for me. This was going to be my first time as an inpatient in a hospital let alone undergoing a major surgery. I went under the knife feeling pretty good and emerged a few hours later pretty much ready to jump up and walk around! I spent the night in the hospital and the next day was ready to head home (after pulling out the catheter – always a fun experience).

After five weeks of wearing a stiff neck brace I was finally able to remove the collar and was well on my way to recovery. It’s now been close to five months post surgery, and apart from a few aches and pains that have shifted, and stiffness in my neck on the right side (which I never had before and is obviously related to the surgery), I generally feel pretty good. Occasionally, it feels like my neck is a bit stiff and pulling on my shoulder if I’m sitting vertically or leaning forward slightly. As it’s only been a few months I’ll have to wait and see how I feel in a year’s time, which is what I understand from other patients and Dr Cantor it may take to better assess the healing.

In summary, I would like to thank Dr. Cantor for his work and his dedication to preserving and enhancing full body function, and I would certainly recommend him to anyone who is in need of spinal surgery. Ultimately, these are major, potentially life-changing issues, and Dr. Cantor’s ability to conduct minimally invasive surgery that gets to the root of the problem seems to be unparalleled, at least according to the extensive research that I conducted. Kudos to him for dedicating his time to improving his patients’ quality of life.”

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Marc M.

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CERVICAL STENOSIS

“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.”

Cynthia R. S.

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CERVICAL SPINAL STENOSIS

“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. I had numbness and tingling in my hands and shoulder, I would become unbalanced and very fatigued, and my sleep was constantly interrupted as I couldn’t lay on my back or side without discomfort. It soon became too painful to run. I thought I’d have to give up refereeing for good.

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I saw so many spine surgeons and neurologists about my problem. They sounded like Frankenstein, talking about plates and screws! Then someone told me about Dr. Cantor. I did my due diligence online, reading reviews and articles. No-one has a bad word to say about him. He sounded very progressive. He spent 90 minutes with me, talking about my specific issue, showing me Powerpoint slides from his physician lectures, and going through every surgical possibility. It was his positive attitude and focus on sparing mobility that convinced me to go with Cantor. That was 11 weeks ago. I’m now feeling better than I have in years! I can shoot hoops again, and am going to resume my role as a soccer ref. I’m ecstatic. I can’t thank him enough!”

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David P.

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CERVICAL & LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS

“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.”

Alan C.

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CERVICAL STENOSIS WITH MYELOPATHY

“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.

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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.”

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Lynn O. – Cervical Laminoplasty

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STENOSIS, SPONDYLOLISTHESIS

“I suffered from chronic back pain over two year. I tried chiropractor visits 3 times per week, pain management sessions, epidurals, facet blockers and RFA, not to mention countless prescriptions for pain medication. Nothing seemed to help. Finally, I was referred to Dr. Cantor. He reviewed my MRI and explained my situation in great detail.

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He did not immediately recommend surgery however he presented to me that surgery was an option but only when I was ready. He was very detailed about the severity of the surgery and the long recovery. So I went home and thought about it. Four months later I decided that I could not take the pain any longer.

I met with Dr. Cantor and he reiterated everything we had discussed in the initial consultation. He is absolutely correct. It was not a simple operation and the pain was worse during the first 7 weeks of the recovery period. However, three months post surgery I can honestly and surprisingly say I have no pain! I am extremely blessed to have found Dr. Cantor and his amazing team. If your pain can be corrected then this is the team that will make it happen. Thank You for giving me back my life.”

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Tony

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STENOSIS

“Took my back problem when most surgeons would not. I had severe stenosis L 2and L3, compression fracture of the L3 that had been glued.L4 ,5 and S1 Fusion. I went to Dr Cantor because a friend told me he was very good. I had severe pain in lower back right thigh and leg. He operated on me and removed a piece of bone that was crushing the L3 root nerve. He then removed the stenosis and fused the L3 and L2 using a spacer no rods or screws The vertebrae are starting to fuse with my bone growth.”

James B.

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STENOSIS

“My symptoms included a rapidly increasing loss of balance and numbness in my fingers. Dr. Cantor quickly diagnosed my cervical spinal stenosis and just as quickly scheduled me for surgery. I felt like I was in capable hands and had a lot of faith in his surgical abilities. Six months later and I am back to how I was before my issues!! Wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t chosen Dr. Cantor…would highly recommend him.”

Susan G.

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STENOSIS

“C-2 thru C-7 Neck Fusion Surgery 2004 No pain or issues as of 2016 F-4/F-5 Lumbar Fusion Surgery April 2016- Used Ultrasonic technique. No pain after surgery and was able to walk normally the next day pain free. You are never treated like a number, he honestly cares, develops new procedures so his patients have less down time and less discomfort, takes the time with you and no surprises. This Ultrasonic technique he developed is AMAZING…..just like he is!”

D. Toht

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CERVICAL SPINAL STENOSIS

“I went to a neurosurgeon for back pain, general numbness, and loss of strength, and was told my problem was in my neck. I was told I had spinal stenosis and needed a “cervical laminectomy with fusion,” and there was no alternative procedure. I researched cervical laminectomy. On the internet I found information that clearly explained the cervical laminectomy with fusion C3-C6 would dramatically reduce motion of my neck and thus change my quality of life.

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When I found your website I saw that you were genuinely concerned with providing a less destructive surgical approach to halting the progression of my spinal damage. When my wife and I met you, you clearly communicated your creative, caring compassion that gave me confidence that I could trust you were giving me the best procedure known.

Since my surgery, I have had the chance to see people that had laminectomy with fusion and your Ultrasonic Laminoplasty procedure is far superior in terms of both post-surgery discomfort and retaining my full range of motion.

I was in the hospital for just one night and my wife drove me back across the state to Bonita Springs the next day. It’s been eight months since my surgery and as a result of Dr. Cantor’s unique approach, I am fully back to my previous lifestyle, and have kept off the 20 pounds I lost during the recovery.”

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George S.

Lumbar Stenosis

STENOSIS

“Dr. Cantor operated on me 12/08. I had Major lower back problems. Dr. Cantor is the Michelangelo of spines.”

Lou P.