Is a Laminotomy an Option For You?

Laminotomy SurgeryDo you need a laminotomy to ease your neck or back pain?

Have you been told it’s time to consider neck or back surgery? Are you overwhelmed by all the medical terminology recently hurled your direction? Like, what is a laminotomy and how does it differ from a laminectomy?

All of the questions swirling through your mind are completely valid. We understand how overwhelming medical terminology can be. So, we’ve compiled commonly asked questions that we receive about laminotomy surgery:

What is a laminotomy?

A laminotomy is a decompression surgery that works to relieve pressure placed on the nerves in your spinal canal. When your nerves are compressed by impingements, such as bone spurs or a bulging/herniated disc, you will feel pain. During a decompression surgery, or laminotomy, the surgeon frees the nerve of impingements, effectively relieving your pain.

What’s the difference between a laminotomy and a laminectomy?

There’s a lot of talk about what type of spine surgery is best. And, the laminotomy vs. laminectomy discussion is no different. The short answer: the laminectomy removes your lamina, the outer wall of your vertebrae. This can cause spinal instability over time. A laminotomy, however, does not require the removal of the lamina. A small hole is made to allow the surgeon access, which helps maintain the spine’s stability.

At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive laminotomies. Our spine procedures are muscle sparing and utilize a less than 1-inch incision. Once the small incision has been made, the surgeon gently inserts dilating tubes to spread the muscle. Then, a working tube is inserted and surgeon uses various surgical tools to free the nerves of impingements.

What conditions does it treat?

A laminotomy helps treat a variety of conditions. If you have one of these conditions, you may need a laminotomy to relive your chronic neck or back pain:

  • Bulging/herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylosis

What is the laminotomy recovery time?

If you decide to have a minimally invasive laminotomy at Laser Spine Institute, you’ll find that the recovery time is much quicker than traditional open back surgery.* More than 90 percent of our patients report returning to daily activities within 3 months of surgery. And 98 percent of our patients would recommend Laser Spine Institute to family and friends.

If you’ve been told you need neck or back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute. You’ll find that there’s hope, and you can Stand Tall again. With a 97 percent patient satisfaction rate, you’ll discover why Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.


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