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Laminectomy is a surgery that creates space by removing the lamina — the back part of a vertebra that covers your spinal canal. Also known as decompression surgery, laminectomy enlarges your spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
This pressure is most commonly caused by bony overgrowth within the spinal canal, which can occur in people who have arthritis in their spines. These overgrowths are sometimes called bone spurs, but they’re a normal side effect of the aging process in some people.
Laminectomy is generally used only when more-conservative treatments — such as medication, physical therapy or injections — have failed to relieve symptoms. Laminectomy may also be recommended if symptoms are severe or worsening dramatically.
Characteristics of Back Laminectomy
Why Is a Laminectomy Performed?
A laminectomy is often done to reduce the effects of spinal Stenosis. In this circumstance, your spinal column narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
Spinal Stenosis may be caused by