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Learn how a laminectomy can reduce back pain.

3D images simulate the procedure and elements may differ in color, texture and placement than an actual surgical procedure.

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25 - 40 minutes

ProceduresIcons_Incision Size (3)


Less than an inch

Patient Home Same Day


Outpatient procedure

The vast majority of procedures at the BioSpine Institute are performed through a ¾” incision; however, there are a limited number of procedures that may require a slightly larger incision.

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. This procedure is 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 of the spine.



The majority of patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their  symptoms while other symptoms may improve more gradually

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 to the enlargement of the facet joints and other structures, 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 to 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 to alleviate pain.

Used To Treat These Conditions

When a disc is damaged, and bulges to one side of the spinal canal.

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Spine tumors

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

A spinal disc that is damaged, causing back pain and other problems.

A herniated disc is like a bulging disc, just more prominent.

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

When a bone in the spine slips forward and out of place, it’s known as spondylolisthesis.

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.

*The Laminectomy procedure is recognized by the American Medical Association.

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