Posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy for radiculopathy: Review of 172 cases

Seth M. Zeidman, Thomas B. Ducker

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LAMINOFORAMINOTOMY PERFORMED WITH the patient in the sitting position with our improved techniques represents an effective treatment for cervical radiculopathy. We present the results of laminoforaminotomies performed in 172 patients with cervical radiculopathy during a 7-year period. 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 the abnormality 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 works well. In our opinion, physicians advocating either procedure exclusively are not providing the patient with the optimal level of care. Our purpose is to present in detail our surgical technique in conjunction with an analysis of our long-term results in clinical situations in which our technique is clearly indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-362
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1993


  • Cervical spine
  • Discectomy
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Radiculopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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