Acta Ortopédica Mexicana

Pimenta LLH, Da Silva MM, Bellera AF, León PM
Posterior cervical microendoscopic foraminotomy.
Acta Ortop Mex 2004; 18 (4)

Language: Español
References: 13
Page: 151-154
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The open anterior approach is more commonly performed for the treatment of degenerative cervical spine disease, but with the recent advances of endoscopical surgery it is possible to access the cervical spine to perform foraminotomy with a posterior approach or with an anterior one when discectomy and fusion techniques are needed, with superior clinical outcome and earlier post-operative recovery. Purpose. Evaluate endoscopic foraminotomy results. Material and methods. From january 1998 to july 2002, posterior microendoscopic foraminotomy (PMF) was ruled out for the treatment of unilateral radiculopathy plus lateral compression. Results. Seventy-one patients (86 levels) underwent PMF. The clinic outcome was based according to ODOM´s scale. The 82% of patients showed excellent and good results. Four patients underwent new foraminotomies and three required anterior endoscopic microdiscectomy and intersomatic fusion. Three patients presented transient numbness due to nerve root traction. The patient’s discharge from hospital was on the same day and 80.8% returned to their work during the first week.

Key words: cervical vertebrae.