The posterior operative approach for cervical radiculopathy.

T. B. Ducker, S. M. Zeidman

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Abstract

Cervical disc disease includes acute herniation and chronic disc degeneration with secondary changes in the associated bone. The latter may lead to the spectrum of cervical spondylitic stenosis, which is considered to be multilevel and may be more of a bony disease. Clinically, cervical disc disorders can be divided into several disorders. The disorder of true cervical radiculopathy is associated with lateral compression of the nerve root. When this condition is due to a lateral soft disc herniation or lateral bony stenosis, the posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy is commonly used. It is a procedure that works extremely well in the vast majority of patients and there is no risk of spinal instability; therefore, no fusion is required. The details of operative care have been described. In patients who have persistent radicular problems after a failed anterior cervical interspace procedure, the posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy with posterior wiring and fusion is a simple and effective operative option.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-74
Number of pages14
JournalNeurosurgery clinics of North America
Volume4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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