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.
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 ProcedureWhat to ExpectRecovery Times
Problems from anesthesia.
A deep infection in the surgical wound.
A skin infection.
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.
^Results are typical, but not guaranteed, each patients experience with spine surgery will differ.
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*Our MRI review is an informational review of the MRI report that you provide to us and is not a form of diagnosis. A diagnosis and a final determination of whether you may benefit from treatment at USA Spine Care can only be made after you have been physically examined by our medical professionals at USA Spine Care. The MRI review has no value and will not be billed.