Lumbar Laminectomy

What is it?

Lumbar laminectomy is an operation that involves approaching the spine through an incision in the lower back to remove a portion of the bone over and/or around the nerve roots to provide them additional space.

What is done during a lumbar laminectomy?

The operation is performed with you lying on your stomach. Your surgeon makes an incision in your lower back to access your spine. To have a clear view of your spine, the surgeon then retracts the muscles and ligaments.

Your surgeon removes a portion of the lamina, the bony rim around the spinal canal, if it is contributing to pressure on the dural sac or nerve roots. This part of the procedure is called a laminectomy. The term laminectomy is derived from the Latin words lamina (thin plate, sheet, or layer), and -ectomy (removal).

An opening is then cut in the ligamentum flavum – a ligament that connects vertebrae to the sacrum. A portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material around the nerve root is removed to give your nerve root additional space. Nowadays, this can be done using minimally invasive technology. That means that very soon skin opening is used. This reduces any unnecessary trauma to your bone and in most cases you can go home the same day. Say goodbye to the days of resting in the hospital for weeks with the help of Dr. Daré.

Disclaimer: As you read this, please keep in mind that all treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, and bowel or bladder problems are some of the potential adverse risks of spinal surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results, and other important medical information