What to expect when undergoing laminoplasty
Laminoplasty to relieve spinal stenosis symptoms
Laminoplasty is a spine surgery that may be recommended for those diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis. The goal of a laminoplasty is to relieve pressure on the spinal canal that is causing the pain, weakness, numbness and tingling that is common in cases of spinal stenosis.
Spinal stenosis symptoms are caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal that occurs when age-related conditions like a bone spur or a herniated disc constricts the already limited space within the canal. If you have received a diagnosis for this condition, the first step in treatment is usually a round of nonsurgical conservative options like pain medication or physical therapy. If you have not found acceptable relief through these methods after weeks or months, then a surgery like a laminoplasty may be explored.
Laminoplasty procedure overview
The basic objective of laminoplasty is to create space in the spinal canal by cutting through a part of a vertebra called the lamina. This narrow piece of bone is responsible for encasing the spinal cord. In this surgery, the lamina is cut open on one side and partially cut on the other, allowing surgeons to create a flap that can be propped open. This increases space in the spinal column and releases pressure on affected nerves.
If you are recommended for a laminoplasty, it is usually because you are living with severe spinal stenosis and the condition is seriously reducing your quality of life. In most situations, surgery is only explored when all other spinal stenosis treatments have been completely exhausted. A traditional open laminoplasty procedure comes with its share of risks and complications. It is a highly invasive surgery, requiring large incisions that sever muscles, requiring extended stays in medical facilities and even longer recovery periods to fully heal.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
There are other options available for spinal stenosis pain relief that can be explored instead of laminoplasty or other invasive open spine surgeries. At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive outpatient decompression procedures that can relieve pinched nerves in the spinal canal, helping you find relief from neck and back pain. We also offer minimally invasive stabilization procedures that are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine fusions.^