Laminotomy -- targeted pain relief

If severe pain in the neck, back, arms and legs is limiting your life, it could be a compressed nerve in the spinal cord. A minimally invasive laminotomy may be the treatment you need to relieve the pressure and get rid of the pain.

It targets the lamina, the back part of the vertebra that covers your spinal canal. The surgeon removes a portion of the lamina to relieve pressure on the nerve or spinal cord. In skillful hands, the procedure will not harm the structure of the spine. The cord and nerves are protected by a bony structure on either side and covered by muscle and fascia.

Among the spinal conditions that may be treatable with laminotomy are:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylosis (spinal osteoarthritis)
A laminotomy is sometimes done before a foraminotomy to give the surgeon a better view of the spinal column.

Laminotomies have become much safer with minimally invasive techniques. The incision is usually less than one inch long, and muscles are spread apart rather than cut. The result is less pain and downtime than with traditional open-back surgery. You can usually get up and walk a few hours after your procedure. In most cases, the nerves are freed from compression and relief is almost immediate.

Don’t put a full life on hold any longer – schedule an MRI review and consultation with our world-renowned minimally invasive spine specialists.