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Laminectomy

Posted On: 06-24-2015
Laminectomy

What is a Laminectomy?

During a laminectomy, parts of disc and/or bone are removed in order to widen the spinal canal. This is performed in an area with compressed vertebrae that is putting pressure on the nerves.

Also Known As:

  • Spine surgery
  • Back surgery

Conditions Treated with a Laminectomy:

A laminectomy may be performed in cases of degenerative disc pain, herniated disc, bone spur, sciatica, spinal stenosis, spine tumor, spondylolisthesis and pain in the shoulder, neck, arm or leg.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to a Laminectomy:

Non-surgical alternatives to a laminectomy include physical therapy, pain relief mediation, chemonucleolysis injections and epidural steroid injections. Endoscopic microlaminectomy is a surgical alternative to the procedure.

Anesthesia with a Laminectomy:

A laminectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from a Laminectomy:

Possible risks following a laminectomy include infection, bleeding, weakness, blood clots, recurrent disc herniation and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience nerve deterioration and spinal fluid leaks.

Recovery from a Laminectomy:

Total recovery from a laminectomy takes two to four weeks.

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