JOURNAL OF BONE AND JOINT SURGERY-BRITISH VOLUME vol. 80B, no. 6, pp. 1005 - 1008
BRITISH EDITORIAL SOC BONE JOINT SURGERY
We treated 12 patients with multilevel stenosis of VV the cervical canal after spondylosis or ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament by an expansive open-door laminoplasty, stabilised by using an anchor system. The preoperative sagittal diameter of the canal was 9.8 mm(+/-2.2) which was increased to 16.1 mm (+/-2.9) after surgery. The mean expansion ratio of the canal was 64% (42 to 100). The anchoring systems did not fail during the follow-up period (mean 29.5 months), and the decompression was maintained. The use of anchor systems to stabilise the posterior elements after laminoplasty is a simple and effective technique for maintaining the increased sagittal diameter of the canal.