Guide to a laminoplasty

Patients with severe spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spine, particularly within the cervical (upper) spine, are typically the only candidates for a laminoplasty. Surgeons hope to alleviate the pain, numbness, tingling or loss of sensation associated with compressed or irritated nerve roots within the spine using this type of traditional open back surgery.

Laminoplasty involves creating a flap in one of the vertebrae so that it can be opened, thus relieving pressure in the spinal canal. During this traditional open back surgery, both of the laminae, which are bony segments that help create an arch over the spinal canal, are altered. One of the lamina is cut, and the other lamina is scored.

This forms a hinge that allows the lamina to be swung outward like a door. In theory, laminoplasty relieves pressure from the affected nerve root and the spinal cord, thereby alleviating the symptoms. Laminoplasty generally will not be suggested by a doctor until conservative treatment options, such as physical therapy and pain medications, have been exhausted.

Laminoplasty involves:

  • A long two- to five-day hospital stay
  • The use of a large incision that is 6 to 8 inches in length
  • The insertion of artificial components (like hardware) in some cases
  • Inpatient physical therapy
  • Lingering pain
  • Months of incapacitation

The minimally invasive alternative

If laminoplasty is recommended as an option, reach out to Laser Spine Institute to determine whether you might be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure such as a laminotomy. During this minimally invasive decompression procedure, the surgeon uses a series of dilating tubes to access the impacted area. This method spares the surrounding muscles and tissue from being cut or torn, thereby acting as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^

Through a small opening in the back, one of our highly skilled surgeons will remove a small portion of the spine to relieve pressure on the impacted nerve root in the spinal canal. The minimally invasive nature of a laminotomy allows patients to experience a shorter recovery time^ than patients who undergo traditional open back laminoplasty surgery.

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Patient satisfaction score of 98^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Less than 1-inch incision
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100^

Contact us today for your free MRI review* to determine if our procedures would be effective in relieving your debilitating symptoms. Since 2005, our dedicated team has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain and we look forward to helping you on your journey through wellness.