A Minimally Invasive Laminectomy is the removal of the posterior structures causing compression on the nerve. A laminectomy can be performed through an incision less than half an inch long and performed as an outpatient procedure. A laminectomy is usually suggested to relieve pressure on the spinal cord.
BENEFITS OF A LAMINECTOMY
- Smaller incisions
- Faster, non-complicated healing
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Quicker rehabilitation
A minimally invasive laminectomy is done as an outpatient procedure, has a quick recovery and a very good long-term prognosis. With only a short course of pain medication after the surgery and a short course of physical therapy, patients can usually resume normal activities in 2-3 weeks.
The majority of people who undergo microlaminectomy experience a reduction in their back pain symptoms. You may not know if the surgery reduced your back pain until about six weeks or more after the laminectomy.
Northshore spine surgeon, Dr. Samer Shamieh, compares the discs in the spine to a jelly doughnut. If the disc gets squeezed, it can cause pressure on the nerve roots surrounding it and cause numbness or weakness in the area around it.
CONDITIONS TREATED BY A LAMINECTOMY
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MINIMALLY INVASIVE TECHNIQUES
DISC of Louisiana offers spinal procedures using minimally invasive techniques. It means smaller incisions, sometimes less than an inch, that is often covered with a band-aid. The minimally invasive spine surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through the tiny incisions to access the damaged disc. Unlike traditional “open” spine surgery, entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues. Less muscle and tissue damage results in less pain and a faster recovery. Click here to learn more.
This site is not designed to and does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or to any other individual. Through this site and links to other sites, DISC of Louisiana provides general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this site, or through links to other sites, is not a substitute for medical or professional care. You should not use this information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. DISC of Louisiana is not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this site.