AbstractOBJECTIVE:To achieve satisfactory cervical spinal cord decompression with minimal removal of bone.METHODS:The open-window corpectomy technique is designed to remove a minimal amount of bone and achieve satisfactory decompression. With the use of a high-speed drill under a surgical microscope, only the dorsal surface of the corpus is removed after appropriate microdiscectomies. This leaves the anterior and the lateral portions of the vertebral corpus intact.RESULTS:In a 15-month period, a total of 11 patients were treated with this technique. Five patients improved, and the remaining six patients remained the same neurologically during a mean follow-up period of 8.3 months. No complications were observed in any patients.CONCLUSION:The open-window corpectomy provides satisfactory spinal cord decompression in a biomechanically sound manner.
Neurosurgery – Oxford University Press
Published: Dec 1, 1999
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