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What to expect when undergoing laminoplasty

Laminoplasty to relieve spinal stenosis symptoms

Laminoplasty is a spine surgery that may be recommended for those diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis. The goal of a laminoplasty is to relieve pressure on the spinal canal that is causing the pain, weakness, numbness and tingling that is common in cases of spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis symptoms are caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal that occurs when age-related conditions like a bone spur or a herniated disc constricts the already limited space within the canal. If you have received a diagnosis for this condition, the first step in treatment is usually a round of nonsurgical conservative options like pain medication or physical therapy. If you have not found acceptable relief through these methods after weeks or months, then a surgery like a laminoplasty may be explored.

Laminoplasty procedure overview

The basic objective of laminoplasty is to create space in the spinal canal by cutting through a part of a vertebra called the lamina. This narrow piece of bone is responsible for encasing the spinal cord. In this surgery, the lamina is cut open on one side and partially cut on the other, allowing surgeons to create a flap that can be propped open. This increases space in the spinal column and releases pressure on affected nerves.

If you are recommended for a laminoplasty, it is usually because you are living with severe spinal stenosis and the condition is seriously reducing your quality of life. In most situations, surgery is only explored when all other spinal stenosis treatments have been completely exhausted. A traditional open laminoplasty procedure comes with its share of risks and complications. It is a highly invasive surgery, requiring large incisions that sever muscles, requiring extended stays in medical facilities and even longer recovery periods to fully heal.

Minimally invasive spine surgery

There are other options available for spinal stenosis pain relief that can be explored instead of laminoplasty or other invasive open spine surgeries. At USA Spine Care, we perform minimally invasive outpatient decompression procedures that can relieve pinched nerves in the spinal canal, helping you find relief from neck and back pain. We also offer minimally invasive stabilization procedures that are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine fusions.^

We can provide a free MRI review* to help find out if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient procedures. For information on how to obtain yours, contact USA Spine Care today.

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If you're living with spinal stenosis in the upper spine and searching for relief, reach out to USA Spine Care for help. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping people develop the right care plan to  reach treatment goals and achieve lasting relief.

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Spinal Stenosis "Quick Answers"

Depending on the region and severity Spinal stenosis feels like tingling, burning and/or weakness in the hands, arms, neck, lower back or legs. It may also feel like a radiating pain or shooting shock-like pain. Read more in the links below: Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Overview Defining Spinal Stenosis Researching Spinal Stenosis Learning About Back Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Pathophysiology
The types of spinal stenosis are region based and consist of cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) and lumbar or lower back. In addition, foraminal stenosis is the narrowing of the foramen. Read more in the links below: Spinal Stenosis of the Neck Cervical Stenosis - Basic Facts Neck Stenosis Causes Neck Stenosis Treatment Central Canal Stenosis Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis in the Back
Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. This condition, most often located in the Lumbar spine, may be caused by degeneration of the spine, wear and tear, sports injury, & collapsing discs. Read more in the links below. What Causes Spinal Stenosis? Obesity May Lead to a Stenosis Diagnosis Age and its Role in the Development of Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Causes Identifying Common Causes From Birth Defects to Getting Older Degenerative Conditions Car Accident Injuries
The symptoms of spinal stenosis include tingling or numbness in the extremities, pain and weakness in the neck, back and/or legs. In severe cases bladder, bowel dysfunction/continence. Learn more in the links below: What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis? Spinal Stenosis Symptoms Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis What Should I Do If I Think I Have Spinal Stenosis? Spinal Stenosis and Hand Pain Recognizing Spinal Stenosis Have You Been Diagnosed? About Your Diagnosis Diagnostic Process Helping Your Physician How a Diagnosis Is Made Arriving at a Diagnosis
Physician specialties that treat spinal stenosis include: Pain management & rehabilitation physicians, spine surgeons, orthopedic specialists & neurosurgeons. Read more about these specialties in the links below: Doctors Who Treat Spinal Stenosis Spinal Decompression Doctors
Patients can expect recovery to last 4-6 weeks in most cases (depending on the complexity of your condition). People who choose minimally invasive spine surgery recover faster and get back to work sooner than those who choose open back surgery. Read more in the links below: Recovery After a Procedure What to Expect Recovery Times

  • Problems from anesthesia.
  • A deep infection in the surgical wound.
  • A skin infection.
  • Blood clots.
  • Nerve injury, including weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
  • Tears in the fibrous tissue that covers the spinal cord and the nerve near the spinal cord. These tears may require more surgery.
  • Trouble passing urine, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
  • Long-term (chronic) pain, which happens after surgery in some cases.
  • The chance that the surgery won't relieve your symptoms. And even if you get better with surgery, there is a chance that you may get new symptoms in the future.
  • Death from problems caused by surgery, but this is rare.

Read more in the links below: Overview of Risk Factors Most Common Risk Factors Obesity & Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis & Arthritis Treating Elderly Patients

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