Minimally Invasive Relief for Spinal Stenosis and Related Conditions
A minimally invasive laminectomy aims to increase space within the spinal canal, alleviating pressure on spinal nerves. Often conducted alongside procedures like discectomy, foraminotomy, or spinal fusion, it may also address bone spurs. Typically utilized to relieve spinal stenosis effects, this surgery is minimally invasive, prioritizing tissue preservation and maintaining muscle integrity.
Laminectomy Procedure Details
Performed at Advanced Orthopaedic Centers, patients can usually return home the same day. Recovery spans three to four weeks, with most patients experiencing significant improvement post-treatment.
During the laminectomy, a spine specialist makes an incision over the affected vertebrae, moving muscles as necessary. Tools are used to extract the affected lamina bone. In herniated discs, the surgeon may remove the affected disc portion. Some may opt for spinal fusion, adding stability without restricting motion as conventional fusion methods do.
Candidates for Laminectomy
Candidates benefiting from this procedure include individuals with:
- Spinal stenosis or related conditions.
- Typical symptoms include various types of pain (dull, sharp, radiating), sciatica, and neck pain extending to other body parts.
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty standing, walking, or sitting for prolonged periods.
Ideal candidates have attempted unsuccessful conservative treatments.
Patients can mobilize within hours post-surgery but are advised to be cautious. Discharge depends on medical stability. Recovery duration varies based on the procedure’s extent and individual circumstances. Minor laminectomies permit light activity within weeks, while laminectomy with fusion requires a longer recovery—two to three months’ delay for heavy work or strenuous activities.
Physical therapy is important for optimal post-laminectomy outcomes.
Take the Next Step
For further details about laminectomy or spine surgery at Advanced Orthopaedic Centers, call our website at 856-848-3880 or request an appointment. The board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons can diagnose and discuss treatment options, including associated risks and benefits.