Lumbar Laminectomy is a procedure designed to relieve pressure from the nerves. This is considered a decompression type of surgery where a portion of the bone in the back is removed to allow the nerves to function with less pressure. Lumbar Laminectomy can be done at one or multiple segments and can be accomplished by removing all of the bone in the back (complete Laminectomy) or can be done by removing only a portion of the bone in the back (partial Laminectomy). The idea behind these procedures is to provide more room for the nerves to help them function better. It is important to note that this procedure is not effective in repairing any damage that may have occurred to nerves and that it takes some time for underlying nerve damage to heal.
Typically, lumbar laminectomy patients will spend the night in a hospital setting and are discharged within the following days. One of the most common indications for lumbar laminectomy is spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is essentially a process where the nerves become pinched. There are many different causes of spinal stenosis, but the end result is the same: patients with symptomatic spinal stenosis will have back and leg pain which is typically worse with activity. The surgeons at Precision Spine Care endeavor to perform lumbar laminectomy using the latest techniques and minimizing incision length and recovery time. Risks are certainly present with this surgery. Please talk to your surgeon about this procedure.