A large-scale analysis of radiographical results of patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy
and a review of the literature.
To identify changes in sagittal alignment
and range of motion
(ROM) after cervical laminoplasty
Summary of Background Data.
is an effective procedure for decompressing multilevel spinal cord compression. It often induces postoperative complications such as loss of lordotic alignment and restriction of neck motion. Although numerous studies have reported the loss of flexion-extension ROM after laminoplasty
, no large-scale study has been reported.
Five hundred twenty consecutive patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy
(331 male and 189 female; mean age, 62.2 yr) who underwent modified double-door laminoplasty
were enrolled. The average follow-up period was 33.3 months. All patients were allowed to sit up and walk on the first postoperative day using an orthosis, which could be removed within the first 2 weeks, even if long. Early cervical ROM exercises were performed as a part of the rehabilitation schedule. Radiography was performed before surgery and at the final follow-up. Cervical alignment in the neutral and flexion-extension view were measured by the Cobb method at C2–C7. The ROM was assessed by measuring the difference in alignment between flexion and extension.
The mean C2–C7 alignment in the neutral position was 11.9° lordotic preoperatively and 13.6° lordotic postoperatively; the alignment increased by 1.8° in lordosis. The mean total ROM decreased from a preoperative value of 40.1° to 33.5° at the final follow-up, showing a significant difference of 6.6°. The mean total ROM preservation after laminoplasty
Conclusion. Sagittal alignment
was slightly changed, with only a 1.8° increase in lordosis. The ROM of the cervical spine was preserved by 87.9%. This preservation of alignment and ROM might be attributable to improvements including early removal of the cervical orthosis, postoperative neck exercises, and some surgical modifications.