Cervical Laminoplasty

M. Steinmetz and D. Resnik

Laminoplasty was developed to treat multilevel pathology of the cervical spine, namely the ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament and cervical spondylotic myelopathy.  There are many variations of the original surgical technique although all are similar in that they expand the cervical canal whilst leaving the protective posterior elements in place.  This procedure has been shown to equal to other decompressive techniques and the outcome has been shown to be durable.

The Spine Journal (2006) 6(6) supp 1, S274-281

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Neck Pain

Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability and 21st in terms of overall burden.

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