About the Procedure
Cervical Laminectomy is a surgical treatment specifically designed to remove pressure on spinal cord and nerves by slightly widening the spinal canal. Cervical Laminectomy is an excellent minimally invasive spine surgery. As a result, the patient’s spinal condition i.e., spinal stenosis is cured. The spinal surgery helps dramatically to relieve pressure on nerve roots.
Our board certified spine surgeon may perform a cervical laminectomy with or without spinal fusion. Pressure on the spinal cord and the spinal nerve is eradicated.
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Who Needs the Procedure
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Cervical Laminectomy is performed on special patients who have developed cervical spinal stenosis. This may be caused by a number of degenerative spinal conditions, like wear and tear of the ligaments, bones, and discs.
The narrowing of the spinal canal brings with it a number of unpleasant symptoms, hindering the potential of the patient.
Before surgery is prescribed, nonoperative measures like physical therapy and pain medications are tried. However, when traditional management haven’t resolved the pain, experts may recommend Cervical Laminectomy.
Symptoms of cervical degenerative disc disease include:
• Neck pain and/or stiffness
• Clumsiness or problems with balancing
• Pain that radiates to and from the shoulders and arms
• Numbness or tingling in the arms
• Weakness in the shoulders, arms, hands, or legs
How is it Performed
The procedure is prescribed by our New Jersey Spine Specialists after a complete medical checkup including spine condition and detailed study of the patient’s medical history. Many factors are considered by the specialist before the procedure is prescribed. These factors include:
• Lifestyle of the patient
• Health condition
• Anticipated levels of activity after the surgery
The procedure is initiated by the spine surgeon by making a small incision on the back of the neck of the patient.
This allows the surgeon to reach the back of the cervical spine. The surgeon then removes the lamina. Removing the lamina eliminates the pressure on the spinal cord. The “top” of the spinal canal is left open; the lamina does not need to be replaced by a plate or bone graft.
If the expert deems it necessary, pressure on the spinal nerves can be further relieved with a procedure called foraminotomy. In this procedure, the surgeon removes some bone material from the joint (called a facet joint) that is compressing the nerve, relieving pressure from the pinched nerve. A foraminotomy is often carried out at the same time as a laminectomy.
After a laminectomy, the surgeon may also perform a spinal fusion to ensure the spinal column is stable. During a spinal fusion, the surgeon installs a bone graft to join two or more affected vertebrae together into a single unit. In special cases, the surgeon may use instruments such as a metal plate and screws to keep the bones in place during the healing process.
Working layer by layer, the surgeon will finally close the incision using special absorbable sutures (sutures that dissolve in the body and do not need to be physically removed).