Cervical Laminoplasty: Technique Update

Abstract

Laminoplasty is a versatile, nonfusion procedure for posterior decompression of the spinal cord. It can be used to treat myelopathy and myeloradiculopathy caused by multilevel cervical stenosis by expanding the area available for the spinal cord. It is appropriate for the treatment of myelopathy and myeloradiculopathy resulting from spondylotic and congenital cervical stenosis and cervical stenosis resulting from ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. With particular attention to detail regarding indications for surgery, dissection, soft-tissue handling, and adequate decompression of central and foraminal stenosis, laminoplasty can yield excellent results.

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