Laminectomy Surgery

David Donald

Laminectomy surgery creates space by removing a portion of the back part of the vertebrae called the lamina. Also known as decompression surgery, a laminectomy is typically performed to alleviate pain caused from compression of the nerves within the spinal canal called spinal stenosis.

Why is the minimally invasive approach so important?

When traditional spine surgeons perform a laminectomy surgery, it involves a 4-inch incision and the cutting or stripping of muscles from the spine. When a laminectomy surgery is performed at the BioSpine Institute, it is performed through a minimal 3/4″ incision without cutting or stripping of the muscle. This technique provides faster recovery times and the best outcomes.

Why do I need a laminectomy surgery?

This procedure is typically performed to alleviate pain being caused by the impingement of the spinal nerves from spinal stenosis. In older patients, spinal stenosis is caused by degenerative changes  which leads to enlargement of the facet joints, placing pressure on the nerves. Traumatic injury to the spine can also cause this impingement, such as in cases of car accidents or slip and falls. This leads to a disc displacement which results in painful pressure on the nerve roots and sudden, severe symptoms in patients.

Removing part of the bone (lamina) through a laminectomy can give the affected nerve root more space and a better healing environment.

How will I feel following Laminectomy Surgery?

The majority of patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their symptoms while other symptoms may improve gradually. A positive attitude and compliance with your doctor’s post-surgery instructions will contribute to a satisfactory outcome.

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