Laminectomy, often referred to as decompression surgery, creates space in the spinal canal and relieves pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
A laminectomy is surgery to remove the lamina — the back part of the vertebra that covers your spinal canal. Also referred to as a decompression surgery, laminectomy enlarges your spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
This pressure can be caused by bony overgrowths within the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) or by a herniated disk. Laminectomy is most commonly performed on the vertebrae in the lower back and in the neck.
A laminectomy is only recommended when more-conservative treatments — such as medication and physical therapy — have failed to relieve symptoms or if the symptoms are severe or worsening.
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Is a Laminectomy right for me?
Although only your doctor can tell you if a Laminectomy is the right treatment plan for you, you might be a qualifying candidate if:
You are experiencing pain from spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, or spinal tumors
Your pain is caused by pressure on a nerve root or the spinal cord
You have tried other treatment options like (but not limited to) physical therapy, bracing, or spinal injections without success
You feel numbness or weakness in your legs
You are experiencing difficulty walking, controlling your bladder or bowel movements
Why Chose Comprehensive Spine Institute for Your Laminectomy?
CSI believes in a comprehensive approach to spine pain care. Each patient is treated as an individual with personalized treatment and therapy to achieve their personal goals.
If your treatment path calls for a Laminectomy, CSI can perform it on-site in our brand new state-of-the-art surgery center and will have you up and walking within a few hours.
Our surgeons and staff are dedicated to the highest quality care and treatment for each individual patient.
Our brand new surgery center is equipped with the most current technology and comforts for the best overall patient experience.
Our board certified, fellowship trained, team of surgeons are the most highly reviewed and respected in the area.
Our number one goal is that our patients get back to a pain free life as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Recovery from Laminectomy
70% to 80% of patients who have laminectomies show significant improvement in their function (ability to perform normal daily activities) and a reduction in their pain and discomfort. The recovery time will depend on the extent of your surgery and your general health resulting in:
Being able to return to light activity (desk work and light housekeeping) within a few days to a few weeks.
Your doctor may not advise a return to full activities involving lifting and bending for two to three months.
You should start light walking and physical therapy exercises as per your doctor’s instructions.
A Comprehensive Approach to Spine Care
Through an unprecedented level of experience, success and compassion, our comprehensive approach to spine care stems from the belief that each patient deserves specialized and individualized treatment for their pain. Our board certified, fellowship-trained surgeons are recognized nationally for their academic contributions which have aided in technological advancements in spine care. Throughout the area they are beloved for their success with patients.