A lumbar laminectomy is a type of surgical procedure that is performed to remove all or parts of the lamina, a section of bone that forms the vertebral “roof” in the spine. During this procedure, bone spurs may also be removed in the lower back as these particular structures can apply pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. When the spinal cord and nerve roots are compressed, back pain is often the result. The procedure is quite common, though it is usually only recommended if symptoms are interfering with daily life and non-surgical treatment options have failed.
Spinal stenosis is typically the reason a lumbar laminectomy may be recommended. This condition involves the narrowing of the spinal column, which can compress the spinal cord and nerves, causing symptoms that can be felt in the back, in addition to other areas of the body. Compression of these tissues in the lower back may lead to the following symptoms:
While the main purpose for this procedure is to relieve compression on the spine, a lumbar laminectomy may also be performed to remove tumors, vascular malformations or to treat tethered cord syndrome.
If less invasive treatment options such as medicine or physical therapy have not provided relief for the painful symptoms of spinal stenosis, a doctor may recommend a lumbar laminectomy as the next step. If this is the case, read on to learn more information about what to expect before, during and after this procedure:
When initial attempts to relieve the symptoms of nerve compression fail, it can feel extremely discouraging. Fortunately, a lumbar laminectomy can help not only to relieve pain but also provide a number of other benefits such as:
A lumbar laminectomy can provide patients with meaningful relief. At Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic, our team of surgeons has years of experience treating various spinal disorders. For the past 20 years we have performed laminectomies using tubular retractors, endoscopes, lasers, and microscopes. Patients benefit from this muscle sparing approach which allows them to experience faster recovery and less post-operative pain. The operation can be performed with moderate sedation. Talk to Dr. Adam Lewis who can determine if this procedure is right for you. If not, we can help you find alternative solutions to meet your needs.
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