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, 29 (1), 107-113

History and Evolution of Laminoplasty


History and Evolution of Laminoplasty

Yoshitaka Hirano et al. Neurosurg Clin N Am.


Techniques of expansive laminoplasty for degenerative cervical myelopathy and ossified posterior longitudinal ligament are described, focusing on the history of the surgical procedure. Laminectomy was the only approach for posterior decompression before Japanese orthopedic surgeons introduced laminoplasty from the 1970s to the 1980s to overcome the poor outcomes of laminectomy. Recent laminoplasty techniques offer less invasive maneuvers to the posterior cervical muscle structures to reduce axial neck pain and to obtain better functional outcome, but every operation is carried out based on the unchanged initial concept. Some recent attempts to improve the surgical results are also discussed.

Keywords: Degenerative cervical myelopathy; Evolution of surgical procedure; Expansive laminoplasty; Multisegmental lesion; Ossified posterior longitudinal ligament; Posterior decompression; Recent advance in implants.

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