This decompression surgery is performed on the neck to treat spinal stenosis or arthritis of the spine that can cause myelopathy, an injury to the spinal cord resulting in muscle weakness, difficulty walking, or loss of bowel and/or bladder control. Cervical laminectomy creates space in the spinal canal by removing bone called the lamina, as well as any enlarged ligaments causing pressure. Bone spurs can develop in the lamina, the back part of the vertebra that protects the spine, causing compression that leads to pain, weakness, or numbness in the arms and legs.
The surgery is performed when conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and medication, fail to relieve pain. While the patient is under general anesthesia, the surgeon makes an incision in the middle of the back of the neck to access the spine, then removes the lamina and shaves any bone spurs before closing the incision. Patients are usually discharged within one to two days.
Most patients can resume normal activities within a few weeks. Your spine surgeon will give you specific information related to your particular condition and lifestyle goals, as well as a detailed description of the surgery and instructions on how to make the best recovery.
Artificial Disc Replacement
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cervical disc disease
Cervical discectomy and fusion
Cervical herniated disc
Cervical spondylosis (degeneration)
Cervical spinal cord injury
Degenerative Disc Disease
Injections for Pain
Lumbar herniated disc
Lumbar spondylosis (degeneration)
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Spinal cord syrinxes
Spinal fractures and instability
Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial and Implantation
Spine and spinal cord tumors
Tethered spinal cord
Thoracic herniated disc
Thoracic spinal cord injury
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
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