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Advances in Orthopedics
Volume 2012, Article ID 307916, 15 pages
Review Article

Laminoplasty Techniques for the Treatment of Multilevel Cervical Stenosis

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California Davis Medical Center, 4860 Y Street, Suite 1700, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA

Received 15 July 2011; Accepted 14 November 2011

Academic Editor: Joseph S. Butler

Copyright © 2012 Lance K. Mitsunaga et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Laminoplasty is one surgical option for cervical spondylotic myelopathy. It was developed to avoid the significant risk of complications associated with alternative surgical options such as anterior decompression and fusion and laminectomy with or without posterior fusion. Various laminoplasty techniques have been described. All of these variations are designed to reposition the laminae and expand the spinal canal while retaining the dorsal elements to protect the dura from scar formation and to preserve postoperative cervical stability and alignment. With the right surgical indications, reliable results can be expected with laminoplasty in treating patients with multilevel cervical myelopathy.