Decompressive Lumbar Laminectomy

The lower back, lumbar region, can be subject to spine disease and injury. Pain, weaknesses and numbness are often signs of lumbar disease.

A decompressive lumbar laminectomy generally involves removing the curved bone covering the spinal cord and the surrounding tissue that is causing pressure on the spinal cord or nerve, depending on the extent of the patient’s disease. The surgery may also involve enlarging the hole through which the nerves passes.

  • The patient may go home the day of surgery.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Patients should carefully discuss their individual medical conditions with their physician before undergoing any spinal surgery.

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