History of Laminoplasty

  • Kozo Nakamura
  • Atsushi Seichi


Cervical laminoplasty was developed in Japan in the early 1970s to resolve postoperative problems after conventional laminectomy for instability and deformity which caused a recurrence of myelopathy; there have since been many modifications. The aim of laminoplasty is to expand the spinal canal, to preserve the posterior structure of the cervical spine and assure stability, and to prevent the formation of a postlaminectomy membrane. In this chapter, we describe the background to the development of laminoplasty for cervical stenotic myelopathy.


Cervical Spine Cervical Disc Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Posterior Longitudinal Ligament Cervical Myelopathy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kozo Nakamura
    • 1
  • Atsushi Seichi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of MedicineThe University of TokyoBunkyo-ku, TokyoJapan

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