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63rd Annual Meeting of the German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC)
Joint Meeting with the Japanese Neurosurgical Society (JNS)

German Society of Neurosurgery (DGNC)

13 - 16 June 2012, Leipzig

Endoscopic posterior decompression of cervical foraminal stenosis

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  • J. Oertel - Klinik für Neurochirurgie, Universitätskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar
  • S. Vulcu - Klinik für Neurochirurgie, Universitätskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar
  • M. Philipps - Klinik für Neurochirurgie, Universitätskliniken des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie. Japanische Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie. 63. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie (DGNC), Joint Meeting mit der Japanischen Gesellschaft für Neurochirurgie (JNS). Leipzig, 13.-16.06.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. DocDO.13.06

doi: 10.3205/12dgnc119, urn:nbn:de:0183-12dgnc1193

Published: June 4, 2012

© 2012 Oertel et al.
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Objective: Dorsal decompression is a valuable option in foraminal bony stenosis. Here the authors report their experience with the endoscopic spine system after 21 procedures.

Methods: The authors applied an endoscopic spine system in 21 dorsal approaches to the cervical spine. Here a detailed presentation of the results including advantages and disadvantages of the system is given.

Results: The 21 cases presented with immediate pain relief in all cases. No CSF leaks occurred, no nerve root injuries were observed. Two switches to microsurgery were performed. One patient presented with worsening of his triceps paresis but the paresis completely recovered during a 3 months follow-up. At one-year-follow-up, all patients were pain free. No recurrences were observed. One patient was unsatisfied with the results.

Conclusions: In all, the Easy GO system was easy and safe to handle with the standard bimanual microsurgical technique in posterior approaches to the cervical spine. Good postoperative results were achieved. Thus the technique offers a real alternative to an open microsurgical decompression.