We treated 12 patients with multilevel stenosis of 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.
J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 1998;80-B:1005-8.