What is a Laminectomy?
Many people ask us this. Laminectomy is a common type of back surgery. It helps relieve back pain that is caused by nerve pain. The procedure involves removal of the rear portion of one or more spinal bones to create space. Bone spurs or ligaments pressing on the nerves may also be removed. The surgery enlarges the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cords or nerves.
Spinal fusion can also be performed while doing the laminectomy. If both are done at the same time, your recovery will likely be longer.
This is usually an outpatient procedure, however, there could be reasons that require an overnight stay. Light walking is encouraged immediately after your surgery as you can tolerate it. You will have limitations such as bending, twisting or lifting things over 10lbs for at least 6 weeks. After an evaluation by your doctor, you will most likely be released to begin your physical therapy.
One thing to remember is that after you are released from your doctor, your body is still healing inside and out. It may take your insides several months, up to 18 in some cases, to completely heal or fuse together. Being conservative and erring on the side of caution for certain sports or activities should be considered. Always consult your doctor first.
We hope this has answered your question on what is laminectomy. Please give Health Vantis a call Toll-Free at 877-344-3544 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or are considering this surgery.