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What type of surgery is preferable--a laminectomy or a laminotomy?
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Dr. Richard Nguyen
Bariatrics
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In brief: Ussually laminectomy
Laminectomies are ussually preferable as this relieves the pressure on impinged nerves.

In brief: Ussually laminectomy
Laminectomies are ussually preferable as this relieves the pressure on impinged nerves.
Dr. Richard Nguyen
Dr. Richard Nguyen
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Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery
In brief: Depends
The goals of each are entirely different.
A laminectomy causes more instability and removes muscular attachment at the level, but is a broad posterior decompression best reserved for severe central stenosis and bilateral nerve symptoms, whereas a laminotomy is a focused decompression. Totally depends on the pattern. For a unilateral nerve pinch a laminectomy is completely unnecessary.

In brief: Depends
The goals of each are entirely different.
A laminectomy causes more instability and removes muscular attachment at the level, but is a broad posterior decompression best reserved for severe central stenosis and bilateral nerve symptoms, whereas a laminotomy is a focused decompression. Totally depends on the pattern. For a unilateral nerve pinch a laminectomy is completely unnecessary.
Dr. Robert Masson
Dr. Robert Masson
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