During a lumbar laminectomy, parts of bone and/or
disc are removed in order to widen the spinal canal. This is performed in an
area of the spine where compressed vertebrae are putting pressure on the nerves.
Treated with a Lumbar Laminectomy:
A lumbar laminectomy may be performed in cases of
arthritis, bone spur, sciatica, degenerative disc pain, herniated disc,
arthritis, leg pain, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis and a spine tumor.
Non-surgical alternatives to a lumbar laminectomy
include physical therapy, pain relief medication, chemonucleolysis injections
and epidural steroid injections. Endoscopic lumbar microlaminectomy is a
surgical alternative to the procedure.
with a Lumbar Laminectomy:
A lumbar laminectomy is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from a Lumbar Laminectomy:
Possible risks following a lumbar laminectomy
include infection, bleeding, blood clots, weakness, spinal fluid leaks,
recurrent disc herniation, nerve deterioration and a negative reaction to the
from a Lumbar Laminectomy:
Total recovery from a lumbar laminectomy takes two
to four weeks.