During a lumbar laminotomy, 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
Treated with a Lumbar Laminotomy:
A lumbar laminotomy 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 laminotomy
include physical therapy, pain relief medication, chemonucleolysis injections
and epidural steroid injections. Endoscopic lumbar microlaminotomy is a
surgical alternative to the procedure.
with a Lumbar Laminotomy:
A lumbar laminotomy is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from a Lumbar Laminotomy:
Possible risks following a lumbar laminotomy include
infection, bleeding, blood clots, weakness, spinal fluid leaks, recurrent disc
herniation, nerve deterioration and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.
from a Lumbar Laminotomy:
Total recovery from a lumbar laminotomy takes two to