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Short-term Outcomes Following Cervical Laminoplasty and Decompression and Fusion With Instrumentation

Boniello, Anthony MD; Petrucelli, Philip MD; Kerbel, Yudi MD; Horn, Samantha BS; Bortz, Cole A. BA; Brown, Avery E. BS; Pierce, Katherine E. BS; Alas, Haddy BS; Khalsa, Amrit MD; Passias, Peter MD

doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003057

Study Design. Retrospective review of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database years 2010 to 2015.

Objective. Investigate which short-term outcomes differ for cervical laminoplasty and laminectomy and fusion surgeries.

Summary of Background Data. Conflicting reports exist in spine literature regarding short-term outcomes following cervical laminoplasty and posterior laminectomy and fusion. The objective of this study was to compare the 30-day outcomes for these two treatment groups for multilevel cervical pathology.

Methods. Patients who underwent cervical laminoplasty or posterior laminectomy and fusion were identified in National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) based on Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code: laminoplasty 63,050 and 63,051, posterior cervical laminectomy 63,015 and 63,045, and instrumentation 22,842. Propensity-adjusted multivariate regressions assessed differences in postoperative length of stay, adverse events, discharge disposition, and readmission.

Results. Three thousand seven hundred ninety-six patients were included: 2397 (63%) underwent cervical laminectomy and fusion and 1399 (37%) underwent cervical laminoplasty. Both groups were similar in age, sex, body mass index (BMI), American Society of Anesthesiologist Classification (ASA), Charleston Comorbidity Index (CCI), and had similar rates of malnutrition, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and history for steroid use. Age more than 70 and age less than 50 were not associated with one treatment group over the other (P > 0.05). Compared with laminoplasty patients, laminectomy and fusion patients had increased lengths of stay (LOS) (4.5 vs. 3.7 d, P < 0.01) and increased rates of adverse events (41.7% vs. 35.9%, P < 0.01), discharge to rehab (16.4% vs. 8.6%, P < 0.01), and skilled nursing facilities (12.2% vs. 9.7%, P = 0.02), and readmission (6.2% vs. 4.5%, P = 0.05). Both groups experienced similar rates of death, pulmonary embolus, deep vein thrombosis, deep and superficial surgical site infection, and reoperation (P > 0.05 for all).

Conclusion. Posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion patients were found to have increased LOS, readmissions, and complications despite having similar pre-op demographics and comorbidities. Patients and surgeons should consider these risks when considering surgical treatment for cervical pathology.

Level of Evidence: 3

This study investigated which short-term outcomes differed between cervical laminoplasty and laminectomy and fusion surgeries. After propensity score matching, outcomes for age more than 70 and age less than 50 were similar. Laminectomy and fusion patients had increased lengths of stay, adverse events, discharge to rehab and skilled nursing facilities, and readmission.

Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Division of Spinal Surgery, Departments of Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery, New York University Medical Center, NY University Spine Institute, New York, New York.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Peter Passias, MD, Division of Spinal Surgery, Departments of Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery, NYU Medical Center, NY Spine Institute, 301 East 17th St, New York, NY 10003; E-mail:

Received 4 October, 2018

Revised 12 February, 2019

Accepted 14 March, 2019

The manuscript submitted does not contain information about medical device(s)/drug(s).

No funds were received in support of this work.

Relevant financial activities outside the submitted work: consultancy.

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