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Dr. Jeffrey Roh
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Laminectomy (Overview)

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 the indications are multiple.


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What's a laminectomy?

What's a laminectomy?

Removal of lamina: -ectomy means removal. Lamina is a portion of the vertebra. Google vertebra and look at a diagram. The lamina should be labeled. It is removed to decompress the nerves if they are compressed. It alleviates leg pain and leg weakness when standing or walking. It does not treat back pain. If anything, it makes back pain worse.

Dr. Jeffrey Roh
201 Doctors shared insights

Laminectomy (Overview)

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 the indications are multiple.


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Is a laminectomy dangerous?

Is a laminectomy dangerous?

Let me explain: All surgery have risk in general and some have particular risk because the locations. Be sure to ask the doctor about that and how many complications he had before with this surgery. Thousands of laminectomies done in the usa every year there are about 1-3 % possible complications.

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What does laminectomy signify?

What does laminectomy signify?

The back part: The lamina is the flat part of the bone on the back side of the spinal bone (vertebra) that helps form the channel for the sac containing the spinal cord (neck and mid back) and nerves (low back). Laminectomy removes all or almost all of this bone without removing the small joints (facets) next to it. Surgeons usually try to limit the amount removed without compromising the operation's goal.

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How does a laminectomy function?

How does a laminectomy function?

Less nerve pressure: The lamina is the part of the bony spine that covers the back part of the nerve and the spinal cord. A laminectomy means removing the lamina. This can relieve some of the pressure off the spinal cord or the nerves. This can results in less pain, numbness, and/or weakness radiating into the extremities.

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What is laminectomy defect mean?

What is laminectomy defect mean?

Old surgery: 'laminectomy defect' just means prior surgery or laminectomy seen on a imaging study (usually an mri).

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What is pre and post laminectomy?

What is pre and post laminectomy?

Depends: This could mean x-rays that were done of the spine before (pre) and after (post) a laminectomy (surgical procedures). But it could refer to anything else that was done before and after the surgery, including symptoms, labwork, etc.

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What is a decompressive laminectomy?

What is a decompressive laminectomy?

Laminectomy: Decompressive laminectomy is a surgical procedure in which bone of the spine is removed in order to make more space for nerves which are being compressed by bone spurs from arthritis, disc bulges or thickened ligaments.

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What happens during a laminectomy procedure?

What happens during a laminectomy procedure?

Nerve decompression: A laminectomy describes any procedure where the back bony covering (lamina) of the spine is surgically removed. The purpose is to gain access to the spinal canal to remove a disk herniation, bone spur, cyst, or anything else that is putting pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord.

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What's the recovery time after a laminectomy?

What's the recovery time after a laminectomy?

Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.

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What happens after an open laminectomy procedure?

What happens after an open laminectomy procedure?

Healing by scar: The tissues over the area (muscle on the left and muscle on the right scar to each other, covering the dura (the sack containing the nerves or spinal cord) exposed by the laminectomy. This, and the the fat and skin over the muscle also heal. Strengthening those muscles by exercise can help recovery.

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What is the definition or description of: laminectomy?

What is the definition or description of: laminectomy?

The excision or: 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 the indications are multiple.

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What are the odds of having a successful Laminectomy. At my age 57?

Successful: Age is not much of a factor in the case of achieving a successful laminectomy. How may levels? fusion?

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I had a laminectomy 6 months ago. Over the last 2 weeks, I have been having pain, is this normal?

I had a laminectomy 6 months ago. Over the last 2 weeks, I have been having pain, is this normal?

What changed?: Did something happen to cause the pain. Do you have leg pain? Did you before the surgery. Do you have a rehab protocol with core strengthening and gentle stretching exercises? Are you following the protocol. Let the surgeon know what is happening. He/she will probably want to see you again.

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Do they do multiple laminectomies at one time?

Do they do multiple laminectomies at one time?

Yes: Typically for narrowing of the spine (stenosis) at multiple levels.

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How do microspinoscopies compare with fusions and conventional laminectomies?

How do microspinoscopies compare with fusions and conventional laminectomies?

Surgeon: Very complicated to answer. Depends on the reason for surgery. Please ask your surgeon for his explanation, and then request a second opinion if not comfortable with the answer.

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What is decompression laminectomy?

What is decompression laminectomy?

Spine surgery: Decompression laminectomy is where the surgeon takes off the bone and lamina on the backside of the spine. It is most commonly done for spinal stenosis where there is a narrowing of the spinal canal and it can be a useful procedure depending on the patient's symptoms.

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Is? Drainage common? After a? Laminectomy?

Is? Drainage common? After a? Laminectomy?

It can be: Call your surgeon immediately. Drainage from your wound may be something simple like a seroma, but the chances are high that it may be an infection. Do not delay. Call right now if you have any drainage.

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How big? Is the incision for a laminectomy?

How big? Is the incision for a laminectomy?

About an inch: For a single level laminectomy, the incision will be about 1 inch. For each additional level, add about an inch. It may be a little bigger or smaller, but this is a pretty good estimation.

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How much time should post op laminectomy pain last?

How much time should post op laminectomy pain last?

6-8 weeks: The recovery time is 6-8 weeks. Check out spine-health. Com. Good luck.

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