Lumbar Laminectomy


A Lumbar Laminectomy is a surgical procedure that is done to alleviate spinal pressure in the midline. The lamina is removed in this procedure in order to widen the spinal canal and decompress the spine.

What is it?  

A Lumbar Laminectomy  is a surgical procedure that aims to relieve spinal pressure in the lumbar region. This pressure may be the source of leg or lower back pain. The goal of a Lumbar Laminectomy is to relieve spinal through widening the spinal canal.

What should I do to prepare?  

You should consult your medical professional in order to determine the best plan to prepare for your surgery. This surgery may require the use of general anesthesia, in which case you should follow the guidelines of undergoing a surgery involving general anesthesia. This includes refraining from eating or drinking the night before surgery and avoiding certain medications

What happens during the process?  

During this surgery, an incision will be made in the midline of the back. The muscles are dissected off the lamina and the lamina is removed. With the lamina removed, the nerve roots are visible. The facet joints then may also be removed in order to allow the nerve roots more room and to relieve more pressure.

What are the risks and potential complications?  

The risks of this surgery may include bleeding, infection, spinal fluid leakage, numbness, and spinal nerve damage in severe cases.


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