Lumbar Laminectomy

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What is Lumbar Laminectomy?

Lumbar Laminectomy is a surgical procedure that also goes by the name open decompression surgery and much like the name suggests, in this surgical procedure, surgeons aim to relieve spinal cord pressure caused by central spinal stenosis. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove the laminae in the spinal cord and reveal the bone spurs and tissues causing the compression. To relieve pressure, your surgeon will cut and clean the bone spurs and remove any tissues responsible for the compression.

When is a Lumbar Laminectomy Recommended?

If your doctor recommended Lumbar Laminectomy, it could be for the following reasons:

  • If the pressure is present in the central or lumbar region of the spine.
  • If your lumbar stenosis is causing movement difficulty or immobility.
  • If other alternate treatment methods such as medication, physical therapy, or other forms of surgery fail to relieve the compression in your spine.

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