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Laminotomy/ Laminectomy

A laminotomy and laminectomy are minimally invasive procedures performed to relieve excessive pressure on the spinal cord or its associated nerve roots caused by degenerative discs, herniated discs, bulging discs, and spinal stenosis. Both procedures involve the lamina, a layer of bone protecting the spinal canal. A laminotomy refers to partial removal of the bone, while a laminectomy refers to a total removal of the bone.

Laminotomy Testimonial: “I am a nurse and the pain was affecting my ability to care for my patients. I was quickly back to work with no limitations at all post surgery!”– Christy, Actual Patient.

Benefits of Laminotomy/ Laminectomy

What Laminotomy/Laminectomy Treats

Benefits of Laminectomy/Laminotomy

  • Relief: By relieving pressure on the nerve, pain and numbness are significantly relieved after surgery, with continual gradual relief over time
  • Outpatient: Usually performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing for faster recovery than traditional surgery and lower cost to the patient
  • Lower Infection Rate: North American Spine facilities focus specifically on minimally invasive surgery, not on illness and infection. With an infection rate that is less than 1%, your risk of developing an infection or an illness is far lower than it would be at a large hospital
  • Minimally invasive technique: allows surgeon to preserve muscle, ligaments and tendons so there is less postoperative pain.
  • Best Outcomes: 95% of our patients would recommend their physician

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Details of the Laminotomy/ Laminectomy

Laminotomy is designed to remove only a minor segment of the lamina. The procedure is performed through a small incision, less than an inch in size. Through this small incision, specialized instruments are used to decompress nerve roots, thus alleviating pain, weakness, and other symptoms. More space is created in the spinal canal by shaving small amounts of lamina, which is the bone covering the posterior of the spinal canal. Depending on the severity of your condition, your physician may perform another procedure in conjunction with the laminotomy/laminectomy.

Preparing for the Laminotomy/ Laminectomy

Before pursuing a laminotomy/laminectomy, prospective patients should have tried conservative methods, such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and spinal injections. If those methods have not produced meaningful relief, you may be a candidate for a North American Spine procedure.

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Laminotomy/ Laminectomy Recovery

This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Many patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their symptoms; however, other symptoms may improve more gradually. Many patients who undergo a laminotomy/laminectomy can often return to their regular activities within several weeks. This can vary depending on the individual patient, number of levels treated, and other factors. Recovery will include rest, physical therapy, and a variable course of pain management medication.

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Laminotomy/ Laminectomy Testimonial

Larry L.

Condition: Spinal Stenosis

Procedure: Laminotomy/ Laminectomy

“I was having to take so much medication because of the pain that i was becoming addicted to the pain killers.”

"I feel I have been given a new body, virtually without pain. All of my symptoms have been resolved to the point where I can again enjoy life. [Now I can] GO WITHOUT PAIN medication!"

“Quality of life was very poor before the surgery. I was in constant pain in my back and legs 24/7. I also had tremendous pain in my feet and toes. I could not wear regular shoes without a lot of pain. And I could not sleep because of the pain.”

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