- Cervical Spinal Stenosis
- Spondylotic Myelopathy
- Ossification of the posterior Longitudinal Ligament
When an individual is suffering from compression conditions, surgery is often necessary. The laminoplasty is often compared to the laminectomy, another decompression procedure. However, in the laminectomy procedure, rather than creating a “hinged sunroof” for the lamina, it is completely removed. The laminoplasty offers a few important benefits over the laminectomy, including:
- Leaves more bone and ligament tissue intact.
- Maintains balance of the spine.
- Provides a protective layer that prevents scar tissue from developing following surgery.
However, it is important to note that, despite these benefits, the laminectomy procedure does offer additional decompression, as it allows the spinal column the maximum amount of space. For those patients who are experiencing more compression, the laminectomy may be necessary.