Cervical posterolateral laminoforaminotomy

Seth M. Zeidman, Thomas B. Ducker

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Laminoforaminotomy is an effective treatment for cervical radiculopathy. We present our technique in conjunction with analysis of our long-term clinical results. The posterior approach in the surgical management of cervical radiculopathy is not only acceptable, but in certain cases is preferable to the anterior approach. When pathology is central, broad-based, and anterior, posterior procedures are unlikely to achieve decompression. However, with lateral or foraminal nerve root compression, the simpler posterior keyhole laminoforaminotomy is both safe and effective. Physicians advocating either the anterior or the posterior procedure exclusively are not providing, in our opinion, optimal care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalOperative Techniques in Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996


  • Cervical spine
  • Discectomy
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Radiculopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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