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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Microdiscectomy versus laminectomy, what's the difference?

Microdiscectomy versus laminectomy, what's the difference?

Disc vs. stenosis: A microdiscectomy is specifically tailored to remove the herniated disc, whereas a laminectomy is removing the back wall of the spine to open up the canal that the sac of nerves travel through, for central stenosis. ...Read more

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Is back pain after a laminectomy normal?

Is back pain after a laminectomy normal?

Common: Pain is never a normal condition. Pain after a laminectomy is very common. It will take at least a year for healing. ...Read more

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Is having sciatica after laminectomy normal?

Is having sciatica after laminectomy normal?

Scar vs Herniation: Given that you recently had a laminectomy, you could have re-herniated in the same area or developed scar tissue in the area causing pressure on the nerves that exit the spine. I would consult your surgeon to discuss you options, you may need new imaging to see if any changes have taken place. ...Read more

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How do patients do after laminectomy surgery?

How do patients do after laminectomy surgery?

Very well: Laminectomy is a very successful surgery when performed for the correct indication. As with any surgery, if it's done for the wrong reason, it will not be successful. Find an orthospine surgeon or neurosurgeon with a great reputation whom you can trust and discuss it with him. ...Read more

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Can my dad go on a flight after a laminectomy?

Can my dad go on a flight after a laminectomy?

Surgery Flying: The main problem with flying after lumbar spine surgery is the inability of your surgeon to care for you in another city. This leaves the emergency room as your main source of care if a problem arises. Stay home for a least the first six weeks if possible. As far as flying is concerned, no specific contraindications after spine surgery is identified. ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me about scoliosis and laminectomy?

Can you tell me about scoliosis and laminectomy?

Yes: Normally, when you look at the spine from the back it should be straight. If it is curved and the curve is greater than 10 degrees, then it is called scoliosis. A laminectomy is a surgical procedure done primarily to decompress "pinched" nerves. If an excessive amount of the stabilizing structures of the spine are removed during the decompression, a laminectomy can cause or worsen scolioisis. ...Read more

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Cure for bladder disfunctions after laminectomy?

Cure for bladder  disfunctions after laminectomy?

Urinary retrntion: Usually will improve over time. May need meds like Flomax (tamsulosin) to empty the bladder temporarily . In the worst case scenario if there is severe nerve damage then one has to learn self catheterization. ...Read more

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