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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

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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Had a L5-S1 microdiscectomy and laminectomy eight months ago. Although I am no longer in excruciating bouts of pain, why is standing > 20 min so hard?

Had a L5-S1 microdiscectomy and laminectomy eight months ago. Although I am no longer in excruciating bouts of pain, why is standing > 20 min so hard?

For some there is: Ongoing back pain as the disc no longer functions to support prolonged loads such as standing which is 2x body weight across the low back discs. This occurs in about 10% of miscrodisectomy cases. One should stay trim, not smoke and work on core strength as well as cardio endurance as well as flexibility to minimize symptoms - use proper body mechanics and minimize prolonged positioning. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have post laminectomy syndrome.? What can be done?

I have post laminectomy syndrome.? What can be done?

Spinal Cord Stim.: The best indication for a spinal cord stimulator is failed low back surgery syndrome or post laminectomy syndrome.
See a pain specialist in your area that employs this procedure. ...Read more

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What is recovery time laminectomy and fusion surgery?

What is recovery time laminectomy and fusion surgery?

This varies as to: The type of fusion done, number of levels involved as well as the type of instrumentation (if any) that was used. In general, assuming normal healing (not smoking, not a diabetic, not a revision surgery, not hypothyroid or malnourished) usually after several months for most activities with fusion 6 months to a year to all activities -closer to a year for activities like golf. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after? Laminectomy surgery?

What is the recovery time after? Laminectomy surgery?

Depends: It's not totally simple.
How many levels were operated on?
Why was it done?

A good answer for you is that walking immediately after surgery is your best exercise. You will need at least 2-3 months before you attempt any vigorous exercise. Remember that with spine surgery, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Go low and slow with your activity to get the best result. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long should post op laminectomy pain last?

A few weeks: Assuming that you did not have a fusion, which takes longer to heal, most uncomplicated recovery occurs over 3-4 weeks at most, and less commonly might take up to 6-8 weeks. But people vary and thus, healing also varies. ...Read more

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I would like some information on the decompression laminectomy?

I would like some information on the decompression laminectomy?

Lumbar decompression: Laminectomy is standard form of spinal decompression that is slowly being replaced by newer minimally invasive techniques. The goal is to create more space for the nerve roots in the spinal canal and this can be accomplished through small openings known as laminotomies often from just one side through which both sides of the canal can be decompressed and reduces the potential for instibility. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: decompression laminectomy?

Removing the roof: 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 have "spinal stenosis (narrowing). ...Read more

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Are there supposed to be hard knnots in back after decompression laminectomy?

It Depends: Following a decompressive lumbar laminectomy, the muscles are sewn back together resulting in a firm contour immediately following surgery. Over time, this will flatten out as the muscles heal. Other 'knots' may represent muscle spasm that may respond to heat or medication. See your surgeon to be certain there is nothing of concern such as infection or CSF leak. ...Read more

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3 years ago had 4 level laminectomy, 1 yr later had hardware removed. Am in continuous pain. Should I have left hardware in?

3 years ago had 4 level laminectomy, 1 yr later had hardware removed. Am in continuous pain. Should I have left hardware in?

Probably not: Having extensive, more than 1 level, spine surgery has a higher association with lingering pain. Pain management may be helpful if your surgeon sees nothing new in your spine. A spinal cord stimulator can be helpful for postop spine and leg pain. This can be trialed before you buy it and allow you to see if it helps before you commit to it. Another option may be a pain pump trial. ...Read more

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I'm 27 what are the pros&cons of having or not having a suggested fusion and l&r laminectomy I am worried about failed fusion and repeating the surgery?

I'm 27 what are the pros&cons of having or not having a suggested fusion and l&r laminectomy I am worried about failed fusion and repeating the surgery?

As last resort: You should only consider this surgery if: you do not smoke, are not obese, not out of shape, have failed non op treatment (physical therapy, time, medication, pain management) and have pain that affects your lifestyle such that you cannot adapt to it and there is corresponding imaging evidence of a problem that has a good chance of success for surgery. You should also get a second opinion. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roh
177 Doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Justin Esterberg
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Microdiskectomy (Definition)

In a microdiscectomy, a herniated disc fragment is removed through a small incision under magnification using either a ...Read more