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What does it mean to have cervical laminectomy?

What does it mean to have cervical laminectomy?

See below: To remove the posterior portion of the spinal canal in the neck region to reduce pressure or compression on the spinal cord itself. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Roh
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Laminectomy (Definition)

Surgical removal of the posterior roof of the vertebral bone of the spine which is labeled the lamina to access the pinal canal where the neural tissue is found and ...Read more


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How long should you be off work after a cervical laminectomy?

Job?: It certainly depends on what job you have and your duties. I usually keep my patients off at least 4 weeks depending on how many levels are done and what their job is. ...Read more

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Need a multilevel cervical laminectomy, please tell me what I can expect?

Need a multilevel cervical laminectomy, please tell me what I can expect?

Bone removal: Removing bone from the back of the spinal canal to decompress the spinal cord. Low risks in the hands of a good neurosurgeon. Quite a bit of pain for the first 2-3 days, not intolerable, and improves well after that. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How long should a person need to be off work after a cervical laminectomy?

It depend?: Iknow everyone recovers differently but in general the kind of job you do is big factor, wither you have complications or , what kind of procedure done. Let assume one disc is done with had wear (plate) and you do desk job you could go back to work in 4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does a person need to be off work after? Cervical laminectomy? Surgery?

How long does a person need to be off work after? Cervical laminectomy? Surgery?

Depends: The most important thing is the type of surgery you experienced. Was it a posterior surgery- a true laminectomy? How many levels were operated on? What is your job? The only person who can answer your question is your surgeon. Give his office a call and see what he says. You don't want to go back too soon and risk a failure of your surgery. ...Read more

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What to do if I have recently been told I may need to get a posterior cervical laminectomy?

Second opinion: There are many different type of pathology that can effect the cervical spine. There are several different treatment options for these pathologies as well. A laminectomy may be very reasonable for your cervical pathology. However, if you are not comfortable with your surgeons explanation and recommendation, then i would strongly urge you to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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What do you know about arnold chiari.. And cervical laminectomy?

Surgery: Surgery for a chiari malformation includes removing bone from the back of the skull to decompress the cerebellum and then if the cerebellar tonsils are low enough then you remove bone from the back of the spine(laminectomy) to make room and decompress the cerebellar tonsils from pressing on the spinal cord. This surgery works very well with low risks. ...Read more

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Would a cervical laminectomy fix my chiari malformation?

No: Chiari is congenital and cannot be "fixed" in the true sense of the term. An upper cervical laminectomy and suboccipital craniectomy may relieve some of the symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the pros/cons of a 3 level cervical laminectomy w/o fusion vs a keyhole endoscopic decompression for stenosis(disc &spurs compressing nerves?

What are the pros/cons of a 3 level cervical laminectomy w/o fusion vs a keyhole endoscopic decompression for stenosis(disc &spurs compressing nerves?

Complex: It is a little complex to fully discuss in such a forum; but a for amounting would be appropriate if you are just having symptoms of foraminal stenosis causing pain in the arm, where a laminectomy may be needed if you have problems related to central cord compression. Definitely would need to discuss face to face with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What can you know about arnold chiari.. And a surgery called a cervical laminectomy?

What can you know about arnold chiari.. And a surgery called a cervical laminectomy?

Chiari 1: Arnold chiari malformation type 1 is defined by cerebellar tonsils that extend below the foramen magnum. The symptoms range from none to numbness, pain and weakness. The condition can become life threatening when cerebrospinal fluid is blocked. It is important to see a neurosurgeon with experience treating this disorder to discuss the therapeutic options. ...Read more

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80y.o./underwent cervical laminectomy (C3,4,5,6) 3 mnths ago, regularly getting nausea after that. Tried Rabium 20 and Neopride total, no help.

Cervical spine: Why would a spine surgeon subject a 80-years old patient to undergo a cervical spinal surgery? Have you sought a second opinion to determine if surgery was an absolutely necessary, especially at your age with a history of diabetes? Perhaps you should ask for a trial of Zofran (ondansetron) 4mg. ...Read more

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Which muscles and ligaments are affected by a c4, C5 and C6 cervical laminectomy ?

Cervical Laminectomy: A laminectomy will remove the posterior arch of the vertebra over the spinal cord typically for stenosis. With this bone removal, the paraspinal muscles lose their attachment point and can contribute to abnormal alignment changes of the cervical spine. A laminoplasty does not eliminate the bone and ligaments over the spinal cord but reshapes the spinal canal and is preferable in my hands. ...Read more

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80 yo diabetic uncle had a cervical laminectomy 3mos ago due to extreme numbness, gets v. frequent nausea now, altho he's only on vitamin tablets??

80 yo diabetic uncle had a cervical laminectomy 3mos ago due to extreme numbness, gets v. frequent nausea now, altho he's only on vitamin tablets??

Needs evaluation : Your uncle needs to be evaluated by his doctor . The constant /frequent nausea may be unrelated to the surgery so a proper evaluation needs to be made . ...Read more

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I got a wide depressed scar after multi level posterior cervical laminectomy without fusion 1 yr ago. Is my spinal cord protected?

Likely protected: Do not see any reason for concern, as the external scar has little to do with the success of the surgery. Phone the surgeon if you have concerns, but usually, if you are asymptomatic and just have the scar, you should be safe. ...Read more

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Heavy neck pain continuous & on 03.03.2012 cervical laminectomy (c6-7) with disectomy.Mri 08-04-2013central and left paracentral disc herniation c6-7?

Heavy neck pain continuous & on 03.03.2012 cervical laminectomy (c6-7) with disectomy.Mri 08-04-2013central and left paracentral disc herniation  c6-7?

Neurosugery : In situations where there was a laminectomy and continued pain with new MRI findings you need to see a neurosurgeon. The doctor will confirm by exam and maybe nerve testing that your symptoms correlate to new MRI findings and then may recommend fusion. ...Read more

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Had a cervical operation c3- C7 laminectomy and fusion and titanium feel light headed plus extreme heart burn could this be caused by operation?

Had a cervical operation c3- C7  laminectomy and fusion and titanium feel light headed plus extreme heart burn could this be caused by operation?

No: Your surgery would cause the symptoms that you describe. You should follow up with your primary care physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is a laminectomy or minimally invasive foramenectomy w/o fusion better for mixed foraminal and spinal cervical stenosis?

Ask your surgeon(s): They'll review your imaging with you and discuss your options. But before further surgeries, you mention physical therapy and cymbalta, (duloxetine) but there may be other non-surgical options including other medications, pain psychology and interventional pain procedures that may be helpful for your condition. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have cervical myelopathy. Should I have a spinal fusion, laminectomy or adjustment?

I have cervical myelopathy. Should I have a spinal fusion, laminectomy or adjustment?

No adjustment!: Myelopathy means you have symptoms due to pressure on the spinal cord in the neck. Adjustments are absolutely out of the question. A decompression or fusion is the most appropriate treatment to stop progression of symptoms. However, the kind of procedure is dependent on the reason you have myelopathy. You need to see a spine surgeon in order to fully evaluate your problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Roh
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Decompression Laminectomy (Definition)

Lamina is the back side wall of bony tunnel where spinal cord and nerves travel. It can be removed to eliminate pressure (decompression), if you ...Read more


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more