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A cervical laminectomy is a surgical procedure designed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve by widening the spinal canal.
It involves the removal of a small section of the bony roof of the spine, the lamina, from a vertebra to create more space for the nerves and to access the spinal cord and the area surrounding it. This is a necessary step in many spinal surgeries, and is frequently used in order to remove bone spurs compressing the spinal cord and spinal nerves, as well as to remove herniated discs or pieces of damaged discs from the spine. A surgeon may perform a cervical laminectomy with or without fusing vertebrae or removing part of a disc.
Cervical Laminectomy is required for a variety of problems. Generally, this sort of surgery is performed for degenerative disorders.
1. To treat pressure on the spinal cord (caused by cervical canal Stenosis/spondylosis or an Intervertebral disc prolapse).
2. To treat pressure on multiple spinal nerves in the neck (caused by foraminal Stenosis, cervical spondylosis, or an Intervertebral disc prolapsed)
3. To treat instability of the cervical spine (this may occur due to degenerative changes, arthritis, or trauma). In these circumstances, a fusion using lateral mass screws is performed to stabilize the spine as well as taking pressure off the spinal cord.
1. Relief of neural compression (pressure on the spinal cord and nerves)
2. Pain improvement
3. Medication reduction
4. Prevention of deterioration
5. Stabilization of the spine and protection of the spinal cord and nerves from damage