Assessment of neuroforaminal decompression in degenerative spinal stenosis.

  title={Assessment of neuroforaminal decompression in degenerative spinal stenosis.},
  author={Thomas J. Gill and Malcom D Mason},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
Surgical decompression of spinal stenosis is a balance between adequate removal of bone and soft tissue for an effective decompression of neural structures and a sufficient retention of bone to maintain mechanical stability of the spine. To develop an objective, reproducible technique for the assessment of neuroforaminal decompression in the adult lumbar spine, facet sparing laminectomies were performed from L1-S1 on the lumbar spines of 59 human cadavers. A series of semirigid probes in 0.5-mm… CONTINUE READING