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What is a Laminectomy?

Laminectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the back part of the vertebra (lamina) to decompress the spinal cord and spinal nerves. This procedure is meant for patients suffering from the symptoms of nerve compression because of boney outgrowths (bone spurs) in the vertebrae. The laminectomy procedure removes the lamina and the bone spurs, thus alleviating chronic pain. Brand Surgical Institute performs a highly personalized laminectomy using cutting-edge surgical techniques that ensure speedy recovery without complications.

How does laminectomy alleviate pain?

The lamina is the back part of a vertebra located over the spinal cord. Patients suffering from spinal arthritis, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and other similar spinal conditions may develop bony outgrowths, known as bone spurs, that pinch and compress the surrounding nerve roots, leading to numbness, tingling sensations, and pain at various parts of the body. The location of the symptoms depends on the location of the affected nerves.

Laminectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the lamina from the back of the vertebra, which also removes the bone spurs. This procedure enlarges the spinal canal, creating more space for the nerve roots to move around uninterrupted. Once the bone spurs are removed from the nerve roots, the inflamed nerves can gradually heal, leading to pain relief. As such, laminectomy works by removing the lamina and the bony protrusions that pinch the nerves.

You are the ideal candidate for laminectomy if:

  • You have severe chronic pain and the symptoms of nerve compression
  • You have numbness and tingling sensations in various parts of the body
  • You have muscle weakness and stability issues while standing
  • You have symptoms of severe nerve radiculopathy, such as loss of bowel control
  • Conservative and minimally invasive solutions haven’t offered the desired results

What happens during a laminectomy?

Brand Surgical Institute performs a laminectomy after a thorough evaluation. The surgeon will perform numerous diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, MRI scans, and CT scans, to identify the root cause of chronic pain. After a thorough evaluation, and if all other conservative solutions have been tried, your surgeon will curate a laminectomy surgery plan for you. We perform spine surgeries under general anesthesia at our accredited surgical facility.

The surgeon will make an extremely small incision over the affected vertebra and move the muscles aside to access the spine. Using extremely small instruments, the surgeon will remove the bone spurs and the lamina from the vertebra. The specific details of your surgery will depend on your condition. In addition to removing the lamina, the surgeon may remove or replace the damaged spinal disc. After the necessary adjustments, the incision is closed.

What is recovery like after laminectomy?

Brand Surgical Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgeries that can be completed on an outpatient basis, so you can return home the same day. Depending on your unique condition, you can resume work and light activities after a week or two. You should avoid strenuous workouts and heavy lifting for several weeks. Your surgeon will also recommend physical therapy to help you regain strength and mobility.

Schedule a consultation for laminectomy in Glendale, CA

Brand Surgical Institute is a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center specializing in minimally invasive spine surgeries in Glendale. Our surgical experts use cutting-edge surgical techniques to identify and treat the root cause of chronic pain, ensuring consistent and long-lasting pain relief. We only provide laminectomy and other spine surgeries if all other minimally invasive solutions fail to yield the desired results. Please schedule an appointment to explore your laminectomy options in Glendale.

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