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Cervical laminoplasty is performed to relieve compression on the spinal cord and nerves due to cervical spinal stenosis (narrowing). Cervical stenosis can cause pain in the neck and/or arms, imbalance, clumsiness of hands, and/or hyperreflexia of arms and/or legs. The laminoplasty procedure creates more room within the spinal column by opening the lamina on one side and holding it open with metal plates. Laminoplasty preserves motion at the operated segment, therefore, is a good alternative to a fusion operation.
Here is an example of laminoplasty procedure performed on a patient with symptomatic cervical stenosis. He is assymptomatic at 1 year post-procedure.