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Open-door Cervical Expansile Laminoplasty

Wang, Michael Y. M.D.; Green, Barth A. M.D.

doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000097513.91248.26
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CERVICAL LAMINOPLASTY IS becoming a popular technique for the treatment of cervical myelopathy that is the result of multilevel canal stenosis. Many variations in this technique, which was originally created in Japan, have been developed, all with the goal of increasing canal space and reconstructing the posterior bony arch. We describe our extensive experience with this procedure for the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

Department of Neurological Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Miami, Miami, Florida

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Michael Y. Wang, M.D., University of Southern California, Department of Neurological Surgery, 1200 North State Street, Suite 5046, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Email:

Received, February 5, 2003.

Accepted, July 23, 2003.

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