Spine Procedures


Laminectomy is a surgery in which the back part of the vertebra that covers the spine is removed. This is done to create more space and enlarge the spinal canal in order to relieve pressure on the nerves or spinal cord. In people with arthritis, pressure can occur due to bony overgrowths called osteophytes. This type of pressure can cause weakness, numbness or pain that can radiate down the arms or legs.

Laminectomy is typically performed when more conservative therapy, such as medication or physical therapy, fails to relieve symptoms. Decompressive lumbar laminectomy (DLL) is performed when the sides of the spinal canal are narrowed, pinching the spinal nerves, while MLD (microlumbar discectomy) is performed when a disc (or discs) are herniated.

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