The neurosurgeons of Lancaster NeuroScience & Spine Associates perform a very wide variety of head, neck and back related procedures to treat an array of symptoms and conditions. In our What We Do series we will discuss a sample of our most common procedures and conditions in greater detail so patients can gain more understanding of their ailements and the procedures we perform to try to resolve the issue. In this article we will discuss Lumbar Laminectomy.
What is a Lumbar Laminectomy?
A lumbar laminectomy is a procedure done to address narrowing and subsequent pressure on the spinal cord or on the nerves in the lower back. This narrowing, known as lumbar stenosis, is generally caused by soft tissue and bony overgrowths that occur in the spinal canal. This narrowing can lead to pain, radiating numbness and tingling from the lower back down the buttocks and legs, as well as feelings of weakness and heaviness.
The Lumbar Laminectomy Procedure
The procedure is done by making a small incision in the lower back over the affected area. The muscles are gently moved away from the spine and the lamina, or back portion of the vertebrae, is removed. This provides more space for the nerves to run, thus reducing pressure and helping to alleviate the symptoms caused by the pressure. A very similar procedure is used when removing a herniated disc.
Recovering from a Lumbar Laminectomy
Many times a lumbar laminectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure and patients can be up and walking the same day of surgery. Recovery times vary with the typical recovery falling within a few weeks. We perform a large portion of our Lumbar Laminectomy procedures at our outpatient surgery center, The NeuroSpine Center.
Lumbar laminectomy is a very common neurosurgical procedure, and the surgeons at Lancaster NeuroScience and Spine Associates have performed several thousand over the years with great success. Our patients can feel confident that they are receiving treatment from the best neurosurgical team in the area.”
– Neurosurgeon Chris Kager
Learn more about Lumbar Laminectomy by viewing our patient education video here.
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