Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care offers Lumbar laminectomy as a treatment option in Manhattan and Flushing Queens. We use state-of-the-art approaches to relieve pain and other symptoms. Lumbar laminectomy, also known as decompression laminectomy, is a spinal surgery done to relieve excess pressure on the spinal nerve(s) in the lumbar (low back) region.
The term laminectomy originated from the Latin words ‘lamina’ refers to a thin plate and the word ‘ectomy’ means removal. The purpose of laminectomy is removal of the lamina or roof of the vertebra so as to provide enough space for the nerves to exit the spinal canal (decompression).
Indications for a Lumbar Laminectomy
Spinal stenosis is one of the major indications for lumbar laminectomy. It is a condition of narrowing of spinal canal due to arthritic changes of facet joints and intervertebral discs. This causes enlargement of the joint that exerts pressure on the spinal nerves.
Symptoms of nerve impingement are back pain or radiating pain into the hips, buttocks or legs, numbness or tingling sensation and muscle weakness in the back and lower extremities.
Lumbar Laminectomy Procedure
Lumbar laminectomy is usually performed under general anesthesia. In this technique, the patient lies face down on the operating table. A small incision is made along the midline of the back. To have a clear view of the spine, the surgeon slowly retracts the soft tissues and muscles. A part of or the entire lamina is removed to eliminate the pressure on the nerve roots. In addition, other sources of compression such as bone spur or damaged disc is removed to relieve the symptoms. At the end of the procedure, the surgeon realigns the soft tissues and the incision is closed.
Dr. Joseph Weinstein and the team at Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care specialize in Lumbar laminectomy in Manhattan and Flushing as a treatment that can provide relief, especially if you have experienced symptoms for a longer period of time.
If you’d like to discuss lumbar laminectomy as a treatment option to relieve your pain, make an appointment with us at Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care – we look forward to helping you!