Spinal Stenosis Surgery
On each vertebra in your spine is a pair of lamina. These are tiny bone structures that serve as a roof over the spinal canal to protect it from harm. Some conditions can cause the lamina to compress into the spinal canal, which puts pressure on the nerves. This is often painful and can limit your range of mobility.
If the laminae are compressed, medical professionals will try to treat them with conservative methods like physical therapy or medication. However, if these conservative methods do not work, a laminectomy may be necessary.
What is laminectomy?Laminectomy is a spinal surgery with the objective of removing a portion of the lamina from your vertebrae. Surgeons may also remove bone spurs that develop along the ligaments in the spine to compensate for lack of support. Any herniated or damaged discs may also be partially or totally removed. A laminectomy is usually a short procedure that is finished within a couple of hours. Occasionally, surgeons may perform a spinal fusion to connect two or more of the vertebrae together if they need more support. Most patients who undergo laminectomy can leave the hospital after one to three days. Some can even leave the same day.
Who needs laminectomy?The primary reason surgeons perform laminectomy is to treat spinal stenosis. This is the condition in which the spinal cord narrows, causing the lamina to put pressure on the nerves. Conditions that cause spinal stenosis include:
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
- Traumatic injury
- Paget’s bone disease
- Spine defect
What are the risks of laminectomy?Every surgery comes with some form of risk. Possible complications that can occur during laminectomy include:
- Nerve damage
- Loss of spinal fluid
- Loss of blood
- Blood clots
- Allergic reaction
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