Cervical Spondylosis Treated by Bilateral Facetectomy and Laminectomy

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    Subtotal facetectomy by use of large and small electric drills to uncap the nerve root and sleeve especially its axilla. Sketch illustrates removal of a laterally placed “soft” ruptured disc.

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    Sketch of bilateral facetectomy followed by laminectomy as shown by dotted lines and shaded area.

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    Case 1. Lateral myelogram revealing complete interruption of Pantopaque at interspace between 3rd and 4th cervical vertebrae in spite of fairly normal roentgenogram of bone. Of interest is the relative absence of severe bony arthritis at this level and the probable infolding of ligamentum flavum.

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