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Adv Orthop. 2012; 2012: 508534.
Published online 2012 May 28. doi:  10.1155/2012/508534
PMCID: PMC3368162

Operative Treatment of Cervical Myelopathy: Cervical Laminoplasty


Cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is a degenerative process which may result in clinical signs and symptoms which require surgical intervention. Many treatment options have been proposed with various degrees of technical difficulty and technique sensitive benefits. We review laminoplasty as a motion-sparing posterior decompressive method. Current literature supports the use of laminoplasty for indicated decompression. We also decribe our surgical technique for an open-door, or “hinged”, laminoplasty.

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