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LAMINECTOMY DEFINITION

Laminectomy is a surgical procedure that is done to take the pressure off the spinal canal or nerves. In this procedure, a part of the one called lamina is removed to open up the spinal canal so the nerves will have more room.

LAMINECTOMY PURPOSE

Laminectomy is commonly performed as a treatment for spinal stenosis. It is done to provide more room for the spinal column.

LAMINECTOMY RISKS

Generally, laminectomy is a safe procedure. But like any other surgical procedure, it comes with a couple of risks including bleeding, infection, or blood clots. Some serious risks include spinal fluid leak and injuries to the spinal nerve.

LAMINECTOMY PREPARATION REQUIRED

Before laminectomy, you need to meet with your physician. You will be advised regarding your diet as well as your drug intake. Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding your food and drink intake. You may also be advised about medications that you should and should not take before you go under the knife.
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LAMINECTOMY PROCEDURE

In a laminectomy, a patient is given general anesthesia. You will be unconscious for the duration of the procedure. Your heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen will be closely monitored. You will be lying face down on the operating table because the incision will be made in the middle of your back or your neck. Depending on what is appropriate for your condition, a part or all of your lamina bone may be removed. Soft tissues, small disk fragments, and bone spurs may also be removed. A spinal fusion will be performed towards the end to ensure your spinal column remains stable after laminectomy.

LAMINECTOMY COMPLICATIONS

Like any spine surgery, a laminectomy may cause infection, injury to the nerves, and persistent pain.

LAMINECTOMY SIDE EFFECTS

Laminectomy as well as spinal fusion may give you problems in the future, including a return of back pain.

LAMINECTOMY RESULTS

Symptoms of a patient with spinal stenosis may improve after laminectomy. However, the benefit may wear out due to the recurrence of arthritis and as the spine continues to age over time.
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