Laminectomy Spinal Decompression
Minimally Invasive Surgery for Back Pain
The lamina is the outer edge of each vertebrae in your spine. This bony structure serves to provide strength and support, but in some cases it pushes against the spinal nerve of the vertebrae it covers. This sometimes occurs over time due to degeneration and the narrowing of the spinal canal. In such cases, numbness, pain, tingling, and burning can occur in the arms, legs, and other areas of the body.
The spine doctor at North Texas Brain & Spine Specialists know that this nerve impingement is painful evidence that the affected nerve can no longer send electrical signals to the extremities. Using the safe, effective neurosurgical technique known as spinal decompression or laminectomy, our Dallas spine specialist provides effective back pain relief and restored mobility.
How Does a Laminectomy Work?
Although physical therapy and medications are often the first line of defense when facing an impinged spinal nerve, laminectomy spinal decompression can greatly reduce or eliminate the uncomfortable symptoms. This type of minimally invasive spine surgery involves removing part of the bone or herniated disc in the affected area. With the lamina removed, there will be less pressure on the spinal canal, releasing pressure on pinched nerves.
After consultation and diagnostic examination with our Board-Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Benae will recommend spine surgery in appropriate cases. Laminectomy spinal decompression is minimally invasive spine surgery that involves small incisions with special tools (tubular retractors) and less need to move muscle or soft tissue as in traditional “open” surgery.
Your neurosurgeon is guided by a fluoroscope x-ray images and an operating microscope. Typically this less-invasive procedure also takes less time, causes less bleeding, and requires shorter recovery period than open surgeries. Hospital stays may vary on a case-by-case basis, but 2-3 days is the average.
Good candidates for laminectomy spinal decompression include:
- Patients with spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
- People who have not responded favorably to physical therapy or pain medications
- People with mobility issues
- Individuals with pain and numbness in the arms, legs, or back
What is the Recovery Time After Laminectomy?
In general, patients who undergo laminectomy spinal decompression will be required to rest for a few days after the procedure. Your healing process may take 1-2 months or more, depending on overall health and activity level. Only your surgeon can provide you with a realistic estimate based on an evaluation of your current health.
Schedule a Spinal Decompression Consultation
If you’ve been diagnosed with narrowing of the spinal canal or if you’ve been experiencing pain, tingling, burning, or numbness in your arms, legs, or back, or if you have questions about other conditions or treatments such as Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment, the North Texas Brain & Spine Specialists can help.