During a cervical laminectomy, parts of disc or bone or removed in order to widen the cervical spinal canal. This procedure is performed where a compressed vertebrae is placing pressure on the nerves.
Also Known As:
- Spine surgery
- Disc surgery
- Lumbar surgery
Conditions Treated with a Cervical Laminectomy:
A cervical laminectomy is utilized in cases of spinal tumor, bone spur, arthritis, herniated disc, degenerative disc pain, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and neck, shoulder and arm pain.
Non-surgical alternatives to a cervical laminectomy include physical therapy, pain relief medication, and epidural steroid or chemonucleolysis injections. Endoscopic cervical microlaminectomy is a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with a Cervical Laminectomy:
A cervical laminectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Cervical Laminectomy:
Possible risks following a cervical laminectomy include infection, bleeding, blood clotting, weakness, nerve deterioration and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for disc herniation to recur.
Recovery from a Cervical Laminectomy:
Total recovery following a cervical laminectomy is two to four weeks.