The Laminotomy/Laminectomy Experts

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

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What is a Laminotomy/Laminectomy?

A laminotomy/laminectomy is a procedure that treats various conditions, such as, bulging disc, herniated disc, stenosis, sciatica and more.

Laminotomy/Laminectomy Procedure Essentials

Patient Satisfaction. Very High
Does It Require an Overnight Stay? Typically no
Incision Size. 2-5 mm
Recovery Details. Walking right after surgery, back to work or play within days, complete recovery in max of 6 weeks

Physicians Who Perform Laminotomy/Laminectomy

North American Spine partner physicians are board-certified, minimally invasive specialists in laminotomy/laminectomy and other related procedures. They are among the best in the field, and many have served as teachers of the next generation of minimally invasive specialists.

Unlike at most practices, North American Spine partner physicians may collaborate on a complex procedure to ensure that all the required skill and knowledge is brought to the case. But perhaps the most telling fact of all is this: 97% of patients say they would recommend their doctor to a friend.

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Benefits of Laminotomy/Laminectomy

  • 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 the surgeon to preserve muscle, ligaments, and tendons so there is less postoperative pain.
  • Best Outcomes: 95% of our patients would recommend their physician

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.

Laminotomy/Laminectomy Recovery

This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Many patients will notice an 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, the number of levels treated, and other factors. Recovery will include rest, physical therapy, and a variable course of pain management medication.

To determine if you are a candidate for a laminotomy/laminectomy, contact us anytime at 855.681.7480 or submit a form on this page.