Back pain isn’t the only debilitating symptom of spinal stenosis? There are as many as 1.2 million individuals in the United States living with back and leg pain related to some type of spinal stenosis.
Laminectomy is a surgical operation that is performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. The pressure is caused by a narrowing of the open spaces within the spine (referred to as spinal stenosis) which can be the result of aging, arthritis, congenital defects, tumors or a herniated or slipped disc.
During a laminectomy procedure, an incision is made in the middle of the back. The skin, muscles and ligaments will be moved in order for the surgeon to view the lamina, the back part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal. The lamina from one or more vertebrae will be removed completely, opening up the spinal canal and taking pressure off the nerve roots so they are no longer being pinched.
Laminectomy most often improves leg pain caused by compressed nerves and can also help to relieve pain experienced in the back. Most people report measurable improvement in symptoms, however each individual will respond differently to surgery.
Some patients are able to go home the day surgery is performed while others may need a short hospital stay to promote safe healing. Medications will be prescribed to relieve pain felt at the incision sight and physical therapy will likely be recommend to help restore and improve strength and flexibility. During the weeks following surgery, activities that involve lifting and bending should be limited and all follow-up appointments should be attended to track progress.
As with any Los Angeles spine surgery, laminectomy carries a risk for potential complications including bleeding, infection, blood clots and nerve injury. Although decompressive laminectomy is a generally safe procedure, working with a highly trained, experienced and board-certified spinal surgeon can ensure the highest level of care is provided for additional peace of mind and reduced risk for complications.
Do you have a difficult time walking long distances? Have you already seen a doctor who has told you there is evidence of spinal stenosis? Perhaps you’ve tried all conservative measures and are simply looking for a solution that will provide you with relief. No matter what the reason, The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration is here to help. Call us today at (310) 828-7757 to schedule a consultation and regain control of your life.