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Laminectomy 2017-05-22T15:08:31+00:00

Bulging disc before and after a laminectomy.

What is a Laminectomy?

A laminectomy is a surgical procedure that creates space by removing a portion of the lamina, which is the back part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal. Also known as decompression surgery, a laminectomy is typically performed to alleviate pain caused by spinal stenosis

With minimally invasive techniques, the spinous process is left to maintain the ligaments, which are vital structures creating stability for the spine.

Why do I need a laminectomy?

This procedure is typically performed to alleviate pain being caused by the impingement of the spinal nerves. In older patients, spinal stenosis – a narrowing of the spinal canal – is typically caused by degenerative changes that lead. This leads to the enlargement of the facet joints, which place pressure on the nerves.

In the case of car accidents or sudden slip and falls, the trauma to the spine can actually cause this narrowing, which also leads placing painful pressure on the nerve roots. The sudden force of a car accident can result in serious and severe symptoms in a patient.

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

Used To Treat These Conditions

Bulging Disc

Bulging Disc

When a disc is damaged through normal wear and tear or injury and bulges to one side of the spinal canal.

Spine Tumors

Spine Tumors

Spine tumors  can push on the nerve tissue causing a range of symptoms from minor aches and discomfort to debilitating pain.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease

A spinal disc that is damaged through the normal process of aging, causing back pain and other problems.

Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is most often an age-related condition, resulting from the normal wear and tear of the body.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces in the spine, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

Spondylosis

Spondylosis

Spondylosis is damage that comes from the normal wear and tear of osteoarthritis in the joints.

How will I feel after surgery?

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

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