Laminotomy is a surgical procedure performed to relieve spinal cord and/or nerve root compression. The purpose of it is to decompress—take pressure off the spinal cord and nerve roots.  During a laminotomy, part of the lamina is removed to open the spinal canal and access the spinal cord and nerve roots.  A laminotomy allows your neurosurgeon to access your spine from behind; your posterior side.

degen_disc_types_label_illus51Conditions to Treat with Laminotomy:

  1. Pinched Nerve
  2. Spinal Stenosis
  3. Bulging Disc
  4. Arthritis of the Spine
  5. Herniated Disc

Common Symptoms

  1. Weakness in extremities — When a nerve is compressed in the back of the spine, it might not be able to send strong signals to the correlating extremity. For this reason, you may experience weakness in your arm or leg, depending on the location of the compressed nerve.
  2. Pain and discomfort — If the nerve is in your lower back, you may experience pain or stiffness in your lower back when standing or walking for too long.
  3. Balance problems — If you are experiencing pain and weakness in your leg, you might also experience balance problems due to the compressed nerve in your back.


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