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A laminectomy is the removal of the lamina (a bony structure creating a roof over the spinal canal) to relieve the pressure on nerve roots or the spinal cord. Because of this reduction of pressure, the procedure is considered a type of decompression surgery.
How Does a Laminectomy Work at NSPC?
If other treatment options for your spine condition have been exhausted, we will take your medical history and perform a physical examination based on your symptoms to see if you are a good candidate for a laminectomy. Medical images, such as x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT scan) of your spine will show if vertebral displacement is present.
During a laminectomy, the patient is under anesthesia. An expert board-certified neurosurgeon makes a small incision over the affected vertebra and carefully retracts the muscles to reveal the spine. The spinous process, the bony protrusion from the back of the spine, is removed and then the lamina of the impinging vertebrae. If there are any bony growths of the foramina (spaces where nerve roots pass through) infringing on the nerves, these too may be removed. Most patients stay one to three days in the hospital before going home to finish their recovery.
What Does Laminectomy Treat?
A laminectomy may be used to surgically treat a number of back conditions:
Lumbar spinal stenosis When tissue is narrowing the spinal canal and putting pressure on the nerve root causing spinal stenosis, removing the cause of the pressure can sometimes bring relief.
Herniated discs If the laminectomy is being performed in conjunction with herniated disc treatment, the damaged disc would also be removed.
Sciatica Often as a result of another coexisting condition, sciatica may be alleviated when the contributing condition is repaired.
Osteoarthritis Thickened ligaments of the spinal column may put pressure on the spinal cord.
NSPC Specializes in Advanced Procedures
NSPC’s neurosurgeons use revolutionary medical advancements such as the Misonix Ultrasonic Bone Aspiration System and the Aquamantys® System to provide safer and more efficient spine surgeries.
The Misonix Ultrasonic Bone Aspiration System can emulsify (or melt) targeted bones during a laminectomy. This innovative bone scalpel helps preserve soft tissue and provides a safer spine surgery.
Using radiofrequency and saline, the Aquamantys System can quickly shrink blood vessels, which reduces blood loss and decreases the likelihood of complications following a surgical procedure.
Our highly qualified neurosurgeons are experienced in providing expert surgical treatments for brain and spine conditions. Talk with one of our knowledgeable clinicians to see if a laminectomy might the best surgical option for you. Our prestigious medical centers are located in the New York area—including Long Island—and provide state-of-the-art laminectomy procedures.
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Xavier P. J. Gaudin, D.O. is a dual-trained neurosurgeon with special expertise in minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery. He treats a full spectrum of brain, spine and peripheral nerve conditions.
William J. Sonstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Board-Certified Diplomate, American Board of Neurosurgery. He has a special interest in complex spine surgery and has one of the largest experiences with Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) on Long Island.