Your spine has 33 vertebrae, which are bones that protect the spinal cord. The backward facing bone is the lamina and spinous process; this is the bony protrusion you can feel when you run your hand up and down the back.
A laminectomy is a removal of the bony covering of the spinal canal. By removing or reshaping the bone, your surgeon creates more room for the spinal cord, alleviating the symptoms of numbness and pain.Laminectomies treat:
Our spine surgeons will recommend the use of minimally invasive procedures where appropriate for a laminectomy. Out of the 1,000 spine surgeries we perform each year, our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques for half of those.
During a typical laminectomy, your spinal surgeon will remove the bone, or shave away the bone. Your muscles fill in the space to protect your spinal cord.
Your surgeon may recommend minimally invasive procedures to perform the laminectomy. However, this depends on your condition and your diagnostic imaging studies.
If you had a minimally invasive laminectomy, your recovery will be faster than traditional, open surgery. However, you are still healing so you need to remember to take it easy.
After surgery, our nurses will make sure to move you from the bed to a recliner. Studies prove that patients recover much more quickly when they get up and walk around shortly after surgery. This improves blood flow and healing.
You can probably expect to return to light activities two to three weeks following surgery. About four to six weeks after surgery, you should be able to return to all of your regular activities.