The minimally invasive laminectomy alternative

If you have symptoms related to spinal nerve compression and spinal stenosis and have been advised to consider a laminectomy for relief, be sure to research all of your surgical treatment options before moving forward with a procedure. Laminectomy surgery is a traditional open back surgery that involves hospitalization and an extended recovery period. While there are some potential beneficial outcomes to this surgery, there is also an increased percentage of risk compared to other surgical treatment options.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer, effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive surgery has helped more than 75,000 people find relief from chronic neck and back pain, and has earned a 96 patient satisfaction score^.

Before you commit to having a laminectomy surgery, we encourage you to thoroughly research your surgical treatment options and make an informed decision about your spine care needs. If you have any questions as you research different procedures, please reach out to our Care Team for information.

A safer and effective alternative to laminectomy surgery

A laminectomy procedure is a type of traditional open back surgery that involves risks and complications, as well as beneficial outcomes. Every surgical procedure involves risk, but you have to understand these risks and evaluate them against the potential benefits of the surgery before deciding which treatment option is the best fit for you.

The laminectomy procedure takes place in a hospital and generally requires a two or three day postsurgical hospitalization due to the increased risk of infection and excessive blood loss. The procedure begins with the surgeon making a large incision in the back, moving aside the muscles and soft tissue to access the spine. Once the spine is accessed, a portion of the vertebrae is shaved down to relieve pressure on the spine due to spinal stenosis.

A minimally invasive laminotomy procedure is performed at one of our seven world-class Laser Spine Institute outpatient surgery centers due to the decreased risk of the procedure. To date, our minimally invasive surgery has earned a patient satisfaction score of 96 and patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^ During the procedure, our surgeon will make a small, 1-inch incision in the back to access the spine. The minimally invasive techniques leave the surrounding muscles and soft tissue untouched. Through the small incision, the surgeon shaves down a small portion of the vertebrae to relieve pressure on the nerves in the spinal canal caused by spinal stenosis.

For more information about the minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute, please call our Care Team. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.