After the anesthesiologist induces general anesthesia, you will be placed faced down on a special surgical table.
The surgeon will then use fluoroscopy or X-Ray to localize the incision.
The muscles are carefully dissected to expose the spine.
Your surgeon will then remove the spinous processes, laminae, ligament, bone spurs, and any other offending agents causing compression on your spinal cord.
How Laminectomy Works
By removing tissues that cause pressure on your spinal cord, your nerves can begin to heal without obstruction.
Furthermore, blood flow can improve to the spinal cord, preventing further functional loss, pain, or sensory issues in the future.
Benefits of Laminectomy
For patients with multiple levels of compression and stenosis, a laminectomy is an excellent option for the surgeon to access and decompress every part of your spine.
Because it does not involve a fusion, there is no loss of flexibility or range of motion.
Because tissue disruption is typically less than that of a fusion, patients can expect faster recovery, shorter hospital stay, and quicker return to normal activity.
Your surgeon may ask you to wear a soft corset for comfort after surgery.
For the first 4 weeks, we ask you to avoid excessive bending or twisting.
Most patients can expect to return home within 48 hours from surgery.
At about 4 weeks, you will be referred for physical therapy to begin conditioning and strengthening your core muscles to improve flexibility, strength, and range of motion.
Most patients can expect to return to normal activity by 3-4 months.