A cervical laminotomy is the removal of parts of the spinal discs or bone in order to widen the spinal canal in the cervical (neck) region. This relieves pressure on the nerves that are caused by vertebrae that are compressed.
Also Known As:
- Cervical partial laminectomy
- Back surgery
- Neck surgery
Conditions Treated with Cervical Laminotomy:
Cervical laminotomy is used to treat conditions like degenerative disc pain, bone spurs, arthritis, herniated discs, spinal tumors, spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. It can also be utilized to treat pain in the arm, neck and shoulder.
Non-surgical alternatives to cervical laminotomy include pain relief medications, epidural injections, chemonucleolysis injections and physical therapy. A surgical alternative to the procedure is endoscopic cervical microlaminotomy.
Anesthesia with Cervical Laminotomy:
Cervical laminotomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Cervical Laminotomy:
Possible risks of cervical laminotomy include infection, bleeding, blood clotting and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible to experience nerve deterioration, weakness and recurrent disc herniation.
Prognosis after Cervical Laminotomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result of cervical laminotomy is good.
Recovery from Cervical Laminotomy:
The total recovery time for cervical laminotomy is two to four weeks.