Cervical Laminectomy / Laminoplasty
When the cervical spinal canal is narrowed due to degenerative disease, the canal can be decompressed by removing the bony covering (lamina) to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. The incision is made in the midline over the back part of the neck.
A laminectomy refers to removal of the lamina. A laminoplasty is performed when the lamina is replaced using specialised plates to maintain the increase in canal diameter.