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Overview: Laminectomy is a surgical procedure done to create space by removing the lamina – which is basically the back part of a vertebra that covers your spinal canal. Also known as decompression surgery, laminectomy enlarges your spinal canal to help relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
Pressure from a laminectomy is most commonly caused by bony overgrowths within the spinal canal, which may occur in people who have arthritis in their spines.
Laminectomy is generally conducted only when more conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy or injections have failed to relieve your symptoms. Laminectomy may also be recommended if your symptoms are severe or worsening dramatically.
Your doctor may recommend a laminectomy if:
At times, a laminectomy may be necessary as part of surgery to treat a herniated spinal disk. Your spinal surgeon may need to remove part of the lamina to gain access to the damaged disk.Learn More
Your doctor will make a surgical incision around the skin of your back in the affected area. The muscles and soft tissues surrounding the spine will be pulled to the side, exposing the spine. Bones, bone spurs and ligaments will be cut away. This procedure is referred as decompression. You may also undergo spinal fusion to stabilize the spine, receive a special implant that will help stabilize the bones in the lower back. And the end of the surgery, the wound will be stitched, and anesthesia will be removed.
Laminectomy is generally considered to be a safe procedure. But as with any major surgery, some complications can occur. Possible complications include:
You’ll be advised to avoid lifting and bending for two to three months.
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