Lumbar Laminectomy Dallas, TX
RELIEVE YOUR LOWER BACK PAIN WITH A LUMBAR LAMINECTOMY
A laminectomy, also called decompression surgery, is a surgical procedure designed to relieve the pressure and pain on the spine. A lumbar laminectomy is focused on the lower back, or lumbar region. This region is made up of the five lowest vertebrae (L1 - L5) that are just above the base of the spine, and supports the bulk of the weight of the upper body. It is the most common area of back pain.
What does a Lumbar Laminectomy Address?
The pressure on the spine comes from a condition called spinal stenosis. It is a narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the nerves and causes pain throughout the spine and extremities. It can develop as a result of bone spurs, osteoarthritis or even just from aging.
What Happens During the Process?
A lumbar laminectomy is performed through the back of the spine under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will remove small section of bone that covers the back of the spinal cord, called the lamina. They may also remove the spinous process, which are projections from the back of the vertebrae. The removal of the lamina and any bone spurs or disc fragments relieves the pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
Sometimes this is done with a separate procedure for best results. Your neurosurgeon will discuss these other procedures in full detail during your consultation at our office in Dallas, TX and Addison, TX.
With Inter Body Fusion
This procedure is sometimes performed using interbody fusion, a form of spinal fusion in which a bone graft is placed between two adjoining vertebrae so that they heal as one solid bone. During interbody fusion, intervertebral discs between the two vertebrae are removed and replaced by plastic or metal spacers containing bone-graft material, which is implanted to maintain spinal alignment. Once the spacers are placed, the two vertebrae slowly fuse together, stabilizing the spine and eliminating pain. Although recovery from lumbar laminectomy is usually quick, complete recovery may take 6 to 8 weeks.
Arthrodesis (lumbar spinal fusion surgery) is performed to treat fractures, as well as to correct spinal instability caused by spinal stenosis, by joining two or more vertebrae in the lower back together.
With Segmental Fixation
Segmental fixation involves placing, to correct instability and pain, metal screws and plates in certain areas of the lower spine. Segmental fixation also enhances the results of arthrodesis because the metal plates hold the vertebrae in place until new bone forms between them, which can take several months. Segmental fixation usually requires a long recovery period that will likely include physical therapy.
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