Laminectomy vs. laminotomy — which treatment is better for you?

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 and 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 98 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 caring team for information.

An alternative to open spine 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.

Traditional open spine laminectomy procedures are performed in a hospital and generally requires a two or three-day post-surgical hospitalization due to the increased risk of infection and excessive blood loss. Traditional laminectomies typically involve 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 removed to relieve pressure on the spine due to spinal stenosis.

Laser Spine Institute offers an alternative with our minimally invasive laminotomy that is performed in our state-of-the-art outpatient centers across the United States. During the procedure, our surgeon will make a less than 1-inch incision to access the spine. The minimally invasive techniques are muscle-sparing. Through the small incision, the surgeon removes 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 contact us for a free MRI review.* We can help determine if you’re a candidate for our procedures and guide you through your journey to wellness.