A Minimally Invasive Posterior Cervical Laminoplasty procedure is utilized to relieve symptoms as a result of a variety of cervical spine conditions including, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease and Osteophyte formation. The goal of this procedure is to create an opening for the compressed nerve root of the spine and remove any formations irritating the nerve.
This procedure involves the utilization of fluoroscopic visualization and guidance to ensure the precise location of instruments as well as enhanced visualization of the surgical area.
How It Is Performed
During a Minimally Invasive Posterior Cervical Laminoplasty, a small posterior (from behind) incision is made at the affected levels of the spine. Once the incision, a small cut is made on either side of the bone that covers the spinal cord (lamina). The lamina is then elevated to the “open” position on one side allowing for an increased space for the spinal nerve to exit.
Next, a spacer made of either natural bone or an implant is placed on one side of the lamina. This spacer allows the lamina to remain in the “open” position and maintain the larger area for the spinal nerve.