Objective: To evaluate the cervical dynamics, neurological function, pain, and quality of life in patients with mild cervical kyphotic alignment who underwent expansive unilateral open-door laminoplasty (ELAP). Methods: In this retrospective single-center study, we reviewed the surgical outcomes of 80 patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy who were followed for at least 2 years. The patients were categorized into the preoperative kyphotic group (C2–7 angle < 0°) and non-kyphotic group (angle ≥ 0°). We compared clinical information, radiographic parameters, Japanese Orthopaedic Association Cervical Myelopathy Evaluation Questionnaire (JOAC-MEQ) scores, and cervical Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) scores between the groups. Results: The kyphotic and nonkyphotic groups comprised 17 and 63 patients, respectively. The preoperative C2–7 angles were-3.7° in the kyphotic group and 15.4° in the nonky-photic group (p < 0.01). In the kyphotic group, kyphotic alignment improved to lordosis at the final follow-up (2.6°, p = 0.01). The preoperative (16.4° vs. 24.1°, p < 0.01) and final-follow-up (17.8° vs. 24.5°, p < 0.01) C7 slopes were significantly smaller in the kyphotic group. ELAP reduced pain in the arms or hands (p = 0.02) and improved the JOA scores (p < 0.01) in the kyphotic group. Patient-reported outcomes assessed using the JOACMEQ showed comparable effective rates in both groups. Conclusion: Patients with mild cervical kyphosis showed smaller C7 slopes as a compensatory mechanism. Kyphotic angles significantly improved to lordosis after ELAP, resulting in favorable clinical outcomes. ELAP is a useful surgical option for patients even if they present mild kyphotic cervical angles.
- Cervical spondylotic myelopathy
- Expansive unilateral open-door laminoplasty
- Kyphotic cervical alignment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology