Interlaminar stabilization and decompression for the treatme
Lumbar juxtafacet cysts (JFCs) are a common cause of lumbar radiculopathy which tend to occur in areas of increased facet mobility. While resection alone is a possible treatment, recent publications suggest that laminectomy alone for JFCs may not yield as favorable an outcome as laminotomies reinforced with posterior dynamic hardware. The Coflex® is a novel interlaminar stabilization device that has been shown to achieve comparable results to rigid fusion in the management of lumbar stenosis in patients with no more than grade one anterolisthesis, and superior performance compared to laminectomy alone when a combined outcome score was used. We describe the combined use of dynamic posterior element fusion with primary cyst resection in the management of bilateral JFCs.

A 71-year-old man who developed a progressive left L4 radiculopathy along with new urinary incontinence was found to have bilateral L3/4 JFCs causing significant lumbar stenosis and neurogenic claudication. After treatment with primary cyst resection and interlaminar stabilization, the patient experienced complete symptom resolution and was discharged to inpatient-rehabilitation on post-operative day 1.

Source: International Journal of Surgery case report

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