laminaplasty

laminaplasty

 [lam´in-ah-plas″te]
incision completely through one lamina of a vertebral arch with creation of a trough in the contralateral lamina; the vertebral arch is then opened like a door, with the trough acting as a hinge; performed to relieve compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots.
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