Indexed on: 30 Jan '20Published on: 29 Jan '20Published in: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
Cervical laminoplasty, which is well described in the Japanese literature, is the gold standard for decompressing multilevel spinal cord compression. Several spacers have been introduced to provide enough decompression of the spinal canal and reconstruct the stable posterior elements. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively evaluate radiological outcomes after open door laminoplasty using the titanium spacer (Laminoplasty Basket: L-Basket; Ammtec, Tokyo). Between July 2014 and June 2016, 31 patients with cervical spondylotic disease, including OPLL, were underwent open door laminoplasty with this device. All patients were clinically assessed by JOA score. The average follow-up period was 48.9 months with a range of 37-60 months. Postoperative radiological evaluation revealed bone union on both the open side and the gutter side from 12 months to 36 months after surgery on computed tomography. The clinical outcome improved from 10.9 points on the Japanese Orthopaedic Association scale to 15.8 points at 3 months after surgery and there were no significant major complications such as the implant failure. The bone union rate of the gutter side was 85.9% (85/99) at 1 year, 96.0% (95/99) at 3 years after surgery and of the open side was 57.6% (57/99) at 1 year, 89.9% (89/99) at 3 years after surgery. Circumferential fusion was confirmed 85.9% (85/99) of the time. This titanium spacer seemed to have the potential of promoting bone union between the spacer and both lamina, and lateral mass in cervical laminoplasty which is a safe procedure with satisfactory clinical results. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.