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 impinged 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 physician until conservative treatment options, such as physical therapy and pain medications, have been exhausted.

Laminoplasty involves:

  • A long hospital stay
  • 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, contact Laser Spine Institute to determine whether you might be a candidate for a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure such as 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. Through this small opening in the back, the surgeon 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 this procedure 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 96^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Less than 1-inch incision
  • Outpatient procedure
  • 97 out of 100 patient recommendation rate^

Call now for your MRI review to see if you are a candidate for surgery at Laser Spine Institute.