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Laminectomy in the Cervical Spine: Indications, Surgical Techniques, and Avoidance of Complications

Wiggins, Gregory C. M.D.; Shaffrey, Christopher I. M.D.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After reading this article the participant should be able to:

  1. Recognize the clinical and radiological aspects of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
  2. Define the indications and techniques of surgical decompression for cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
  3. List the possible complications and steps to achieve complication avoidance in the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

Dr. Wiggins is Senior Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, K-11, Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202, and Dr. Shaffrey is Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195

Drs. Wiggins and Shaffrey have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.

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