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Laminectomy Specialist

Valdosta Orthopedic Associates

Spine & Sports Medicine & Orthopedics located in Valdosta, GA

When conservative measures fail to alleviate your neck or back pain, you may benefit from surgical intervention. During a laminectomy, the team of orthopedic spine surgeons at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates in Valdosta, Georgia, removes a portion of the vertebral bone to ease pressure on your spinal cord and nerves to alleviate pain. To schedule a consultation with the experienced team, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Laminectomy Q & A

What is a laminectomy?

A laminectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing a portion of your vertebral bone, the lamina. The lamina serves as the roof of the vertebral bone that covers your spinal cord.

Also known as decompression surgery, a laminectomy creates space in the spinal canal to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

Who benefits from a laminectomy?

The team at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates determines if you would benefit from a laminectomy after a consultation. Typically, they only recommend surgery when conservative medical treatments no longer provide significant pain relief.

You may benefit from a laminectomy if you have chronic neck or back pain from a herniated disc or bone spurs that radiates to your extremities. The orthopedic surgeons may also perform a laminectomy to remove spinal tumors. 

What happens during a laminectomy?

A laminectomy is a major surgical procedure. The surgeons at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates use general anesthesia when performing your laminectomy, so you sleep during the process.

Your surgeon makes an incision at the site of the problematic vertebrae and removes the lamina. Your surgeon may also remove bone spurs or growths, as well as a portion of your damaged disc. 

To stabilize your spine, your surgeon may perform a spinal fusion after your laminectomy. With a spinal fusion, your surgeon connects two or more vertebrae using bone grafts or metal rods and screws to minimize movement of the bones. 

After your laminectomy, your provider sends you to the recovery area for monitoring. Depending on your personal health needs, your surgeon may send you home the same day or have you spend the night in the hospital for observation. 

How long is recovery following a laminectomy?

Recovery time varies depending on the extent of your laminectomy. The team at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates provides specific instructions on what you can expect following the procedure at your initial surgical consultation.

You should be able to resume most of your usual activities within a few weeks. Complete recovery may take a few months. The team prescribes physical therapy following your laminectomy to support healing and your recovery. 

Most patients experience significant relief in radiating pain following their laminectomy.

To schedule a consultation at Valdosta Orthopedic Associates, call the office or book an appointment online today.