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Uncoforaminotomy

  • Kirsten Schmieder
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Abstract

In carefully selected cases and in experienced hands, this surgical method provides good clinical results and preserves motion in the affected segment [ 8, 9 ]. Uncoforaminotomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique. The approach uses the uncovertebral joint to create direct access to the neuroforamen. Within the bony canal, there is a close proximity between the bony borders and the nerve root. In cases of an additional hard or soft disc disease, a signifi cant narrowing or obstruction is present. Via a ventral route on the side of the symptoms, the offending lesion is removed resulting in a decompression of the nerve root in its neuroforaminal segment. Since the disc itself is left in place, motion of the segment can be preserved [ 5, 6 ].

Keywords

Cervical Spine Nerve Root Vertebral Artery Collagen Sponge Invasive Surgical Technique 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity Hospital Mannheim, University of HeidelbergMannheimGermany

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