Lumbar

Laminectomy

 

Procedure Description

A laminectomy is a surgical operation that involves the removal of the lamina. The lamina is a component of the vertebra and serves the purpose of defending the spinal canal. A laminectomy can also be referred to as a “decompression” surgery. In spine surgery, pain relief most often comes by removing parts of bone, ligament, or other soft tissue that’s inflicting irritation of an exiting nerve root or the spinal cord itself. The vertebral body itself is created from 2 laminae and with a laminectomy procedure, both laminae are removed. Sometimes, removing only 1 lamina is necessary to attain decompression and usually this can be often referred to as hemilaminectomy. onceperforming laminectomy a Dr. can usually  take away bones spurs and overgrown ligament that may also be impinging upon a nerve or the spinal cord.

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When to consider

Laminectomy is often thought of once all conservative measures are exhausted within the treatment of chronic low back pain and also the quality of life is being impacted considerably. Symptoms you’ll be experiencing can include weakness or atrophy in your lower extremities, burning sensations, numbness, tingling, and pain that’s either native to your back and/or diverging into your legs.

It is vital to remember that nerve and spinal cord compression will manifest into symptoms in a verity of ways. If you did not see your specific symptoms listed that doesn’t mean that you just might not benefit from the laminectomy. If you have got been diagnosed with sciatica, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, bone spurs, or spondylolisthesis – you’ll be thought of for laminectomy.

What to expect in surgery

Most laminectomy procedures can be done through minimally invasive outpatient approaches. this suggests a small incision with minimal time within the operation room. once decompression is achieved and patients awake from their procedure they generally spend a brief time in immediate recovery and can be leaving the facility for the day.

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