A Lumbar Laminotomy and Discectomy is performed to remove pressure off of one or more nerve roots cause by a disc herniation or bone spurring.
This less invasive procedure commonly is used to treat lumbar disc protrusions, lumbar disc herniations, and some forms of spinal stenosis.
Lumbar Discectomy surgery has been shown to be successful with good to excellent results in up to 90% of patients with sciatica (leg pain) based on a single level disc herniation with appropriate patient selection. This surgery is much more predictable for alleviating leg pain than back pain. Despite a successful outcome from surgery, a small percentage will develop a recurrent disc herniation at the same level.
This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis for most patients. As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and benefits that should be discussed and considered.
Last modified: January 3, 2019