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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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.