Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 161, Issue 10, pp 2229–2232 | Cite as

How I do it: total uncinatectomy during anterior diskectomy and fusion for cervical radiculopathy caused by uncovertebral joint hypertrophy

  • William CliftonEmail author
  • David Williams
  • Mark Pichelmann
How I Do it - Neurosurgical Anatomy
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  1. Neurosurgical anatomy



Cervical radiculopathy from uncovertebral joint hypertrophy and foraminal stenosis is a common indication for anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion (ACDF). Often, the uncinate hypertrophy extends lateral to the foramen and impinges on the nerve close to the vertebral artery as it travels in between the transverse foramina.


Using an injected cadaveric specimen to highlight the vital neurovascular and bony structures pertinent to this procedure, we demonstrate the technical details of complete uncinatectomy for cervical foraminal stenosis.


Total uncinatectomy is a useful adjunct during ACDF for complete foraminal decompression in cases of uncovertebral joint hypertrophy.


Cervical radiculopathy Foraminal stenosis Uncinatectomy Uncinate process ACDF Diskectomy Surgical video 


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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.

Supplementary material

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Video 1. Preoperative considerations, operative technique, and vital neurovascular anatomy pertaining to total anterior cervical uncinatectomy with diskectomy are highlighted in this video by use of an injected cadaveric specimen. (M4V 56531 kb).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurological SurgeryMayo Clinic FloridaJacksonvilleUSA
  2. 2.Marine Corps Air StationBeaufortUSA

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