Minimally Invasive Posterior Cervical Decompression

  • Mena G. Kerolus
  • Joseph E. Molenda
  • Mazda K. Turel
  • Richard G. FesslerEmail author


Minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures for posterior cervical laminectomy, laminoforaminotomy and discectomy techniques were developed to reduce muscle dissection and soft tissue trauma. MIS posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy has been shown to reduce operative times, blood loss, postoperative pain and duration of hospital stays. In carefully selected patients with lateral foraminal disease, excellent surgical results can be expected. In this chapter, we will discuss the indications, contraindications, surgical technique and common surgical nuances involved in a posterior cervical decompression. A video illustration of an MIS posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy is also included.

Supplementary material

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Minimally invasive posterior cervical laminectomy (MPG 153430 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mena G. Kerolus
    • 1
  • Joseph E. Molenda
    • 1
  • Mazda K. Turel
    • 1
  • Richard G. Fessler
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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