Laminectomy/(Laminotomy/Interlaminar decompression)

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Relieve pressure on the spinal nerve roots with laminectomy, which enlarges the spinal canal.

What is laminectomy?

Bony overgrowths within the spinal canal can put pressure on the nerves. This can lead to numbness, weakness or pain that radiates down the patient’s arms or legs.

Laminectomy is a surgery that removes the lamina, the back part of the vertebra covering the spine canal. This creates space in the spinal canal and removes the pressure on the nerves. The procedure can also be done to treat conditions such as tumors and herniated discs.

A laminotomy as a more focused approach with limited bony removal whereas an interlaminar decompression does not involve any significant bone removal at all, maintaining the integrity of the bony anatomy.

What does laminectomy treat?

Some reasons why laminectomy may be considered include:

  • Changes in the ability to walk steadily
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control
  • Non-surgical treatment, such as physical therapy, fails to improve symptoms

Laminectomy results

Laminectomy can alleviate symptoms caused by pressure on the nerve roots in the spine canal.

What to expect with laminectomy

Laminectomy requires general anaesthesia. This means that the patient is unconscious for the duration of the procedure.

The surgeon makes an incision in the patient’s back over the affected vertebrae. Then the surgeon then moves the muscles away from the spine and removes the appropriate lamina.

Get laminectomy with Centric Health

Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for laminectomy. Here, more often than not, instead of a laminectomy, a laminotomy as a more focused approach with limited bony removal or an interlaminar decompression without any significant bone removal at all, will be conducted.

Our modern facility and patient-centred philosophy will ensure you have a positive, rewarding experience.

Next steps: Book your laminectomy consultation

If you are ready to discuss your laminectomy needs with our sirgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options your patient care coordinator will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications

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