Laminectomy is a procedure to remove the lamina, which is a part of the spinal canal’s bony structure. The spine surgery is performed to relieve pressure on one or more spinal nerve roots. This pressure, often called nerve root compression or “pinched nerve “ may be the cause of back pain and leg pain.
Laminectomy is performed with the patient lying faced down after general anesthesia. A portion of one or more vertebra is removed in order to reach the compressed nerve root(s). Once the point of nerve root compression is located; the source of the pressure is removed.
This may involve:
The spine surgery takes approximately 1.5 to 3 hours. Sometimes, a plastic drain is left in the wound for a few days after the operation to drain any blood that may have collected under the wound. Post-operatively, patients are in the hospital for 4-5 days. The patient's ability to return to normal activity is largely dependent on his/her pre-operative condition and age. Patients are encouraged to resume walking; however, it is recommended to avoid excessive bending, lifting or twisting for six weeks in order to avoid pulling on the suture line before it heals.
Complications are infrequent and usually minor. However, as with any spine surgery, there are risks, including the possibility of:
Risks from any surgery can be reduced by following the surgeon's instructions before and after the back surgery.
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