Laminectomy is a surgical procedure in which the whole or part of the lamina (the back part of vertebral bone that covers your spinal canal) is removed. The procedure helps in enlarging your spinal canal to relieve pressure or compression on the spinal cord. Laminectomy is also called decompressive laminectomy .
- Laminectomy is usually performed under general anaesthesia. It is also done with spinal anaesthesia.
- The skin on the surgical site will be cleaned with antiseptic solution.
- Surgeon will make an incision in the middle of your back or neck. The size of the incision depends on your condition and body size.
- Your skin, muscles and ligaments will be moved to the side to get a better view.
- Small instruments are then used to remove all or part of the appropriate lamina.
- Bone spurs or small disk fragments may also be removed.
- The incision will then be closed with stitches and appropriate dressing will be applied.
- It provides symptom relief
- Quick health recovery
- In most cases, patients will be able to walk within a few days after the surgery.
- Blood clots
- Damage to a spinal nerve
- Spinal fluid leakage
- Recurrence of back pain
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