Posterior approach to the degenerative cervical spine

  • Kazuo Yonenobu
  • Takenori Oda
Conference paper


Laminoplasty has been gradually accepted as a treatment for choice for cervical compression myelopathy. The historical perspective of laminoplasty is described. The aims of laminoplasty are to expand the spinal canal, to secure spinal stability, to preserve the protective function of the spine, and to preserve spinal mobility. Laminoplasty is indicated in myelopathic patients with a developmentally narrow spinal canal or multiple-level involvement combined with a relatively narrow canal. Several laminoplasty techniques and supplementary techniques are described, together with expected outcomes and complications of surgery.


Laminectomy Laminoplasty Cervical myelopathy History Surgical technique 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuo Yonenobu
    • 1
  • Takenori Oda
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryOsaka-Minami National HospitalOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Rheumatology and OrthopedicsOsaka-Minami National HospitalOsakaJapan

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