Severe back pain is a debilitating medical condition that can make it extremely difficult to move and perform normal tasks. Since it is nearly impossible to live with horrible back pain, something has to be done to remove the problem. If conservative treatments have not worked for your back pain, then laminectomy may be your best option for relief.
Laminectomy is a surgical procedure that relieves pressure in the back by removing the lamina, a part of the vertebra that covers the spinal canal. Once the spinal canal is enlarged, there should no longer be any pressure on your spinal cord or nerves. This pressure is often caused by arthritis in the spine. In addition to removing your back pain, laminectomy can also help to alleviate arm and leg pain associated with the spinal pressure. This procedure is also commonly known as decompression surgery.
During this procedure, the back muscles will be moved out of the way so that our experienced surgeon can use a special instrument to then remove the lamina. If you have any herniated discs, then these can be removed at the same time. The surgeon can also check for slipped discs.
You will be moved to the recovery room after your surgery. You should be able to leave the recovery room once the anesthesia has worn off and you are able to successfully move your arms and legs. Some people are able to go home shortly after the surgery; however, this varies from patient to patient since each case is unique. A short hospital stay is often required if herniated or slipped discs are found during the laminectomy procedure.
Once you are home, you will have to avoid lifting heavy objects and bending over for a set amount of time. If your job does not involve a lot of lifting or walking, then you may be able to return to work a few weeks after your procedure. Physical therapy is often recommended to help speed up the recovery process.
You should see a noticeable improvement in your symptoms once you are fully recovered from the surgery. Since it is impossible to stop arthritis with a surgical procedure, you may start to experience back pain again in the distant future. However, it will be far less excruciating than what you experienced before laminectomy, and it should not return for at least a few years.
You don’t have to live with your back issues. Set up a consultation at the office of Dr. Stanley C. Jones, MD to learn more information about how a laminectomy procedure can provide you with relief. Our office is located in Houston. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.