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.
- Spine surgery
- Back surgery
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.
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.
with a Laminectomy:
A laminectomy is performed under general anesthesia,
which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the
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.
from a Laminectomy:
Total recovery from a
laminectomy takes two to four weeks.