A Lumbar Laminectomy is performed to remove pressure from bone spurs and thickened ligament from off of one or more nerve roots. Removal of the back portion of the spine (lamina) creates more room within the spinal canal.
This procedure commonly is used to treat lumbar spinal stenosis and lumbar spondylosis.
This procedure does have a high success rate at reducing leg pain and improving functional abilities. Overall outcomes are largely dependent on the number of levels involved and whether there is an instability present. A fusion may be necessary for some following decompression to stabilize the spine.
This procedure is normally performed in a hospital setting in which an overnight stay may be recommended.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and benefits that should be discussed and considered.
Last modified: January 3, 2019