During a laminotomy, 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.
Treated with a Laminotomy:
A laminotomy 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 laminotomy include
physical therapy, pain relief medication, epidural steroid injections and
chemonucleolysis injections. A laminectomy and endoscopic microlaminotomy are
surgical alternatives to the procedure.
with a Laminotomy:
A laminotomy is performed under general anesthesia,
which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the
Complications from a Laminotomy:
Possible risks following a laminotomy 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 Laminotomy:
Total recovery from a
laminotomy takes two to four weeks.