When back pain is causing problems in your life, and traditional chiropractic care and physical therapy aren’t helping, it may be time to look into lumbar laminotomies/laminectomies.
Learn how to relieve the pressure of spinal pain by calling Dr. Stanley Jones’s office and setting up a consultation today!
What are Lumbar Laminotomies/Laminectomies?
You probably know that your spine is made up of a series of vertebrae, but you might not know
what bones make up each individual vertebra. Each vertebra has a pair of bones called laminae. These bones encase the nerves that pass through the length of the spine and are located on the inside of the spine. These laminae rarely cause problems by themselves, but are the main culprit when it comes to nerve pressure.
Laminae are important for nerve protection, but sometimes will slip or get bent out of shape. lumbar laminotomies and laminectomies are surgical procedures that either widen, or completely remove, the laminae in order to relieve pressure and stop back pain from occurring.
What is the Difference Between a Laminotomy and a Laminectomy?
The biggest difference between the two procedures is how much work is being done on the lamina. A laminotomy is when part of the lamina is removed in order to clear up space for the nerves or to remove pressure from the surrounding area. If back pain is severe, or worsening at an accelerated rate, then the complete removal of the lamina, a laminectomy, could be needed.
What Problems Do Laminotomies and Laminectomies Treat?
A few things that these procedures can help with are:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Herniated Disk
- Degenerative Disk Disease
- And more
These procedures could also be used to aid in other spinal surgeries in order to clear up space or relieve pressure from other nerves.
Are The Procedures Safe?
It may sound frightening that these procedures involve removing parts of the spine around the nerves, but even with parts of the lamina removed, the important parts of the spine are still completely covered and your spine is completely safe.
What is Recovery Like?
The recovery for these procedures depends on which one you’re getting, but most patients described being back to normal within a year. Following your procedure, you will most likely be held at the hospital for a while for observation, and also have a couple rounds of physical therapy.
Who is a Good Candidate for Lumbar Laminotomies/Laminectomies?
Anyone suffering from spinal stenosis, or has persistent, annoying back pain could benefit from one of these two procedures. If you think a lumbar laminotomy or a laminectomy could be the answer to your back pain, call our office for a consultation today!