Basics of Laminectomy Surgery

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The laminectomy surgery procedure helps relieve compression on the spine. A qualified orthopedic surgeon performs the operation.

Common Reasons Behind Laminectomy

These are some of the common reasons behind decompressive laminectomy.

  • Severe pain in the back.
  • The weakness or numbness in legs.
  • The patient having problems in walking.
  • The patient facing difficult in controlling the bowel movement.

When To Undergo Laminectomy Surgery?

A patient is only advised to undergo laminectomy surgery when the usual methods do not work to help in laminectomy recovery.

Here are some of the problems which can lead to laminectomy surgery.

  • Shrinkage of spine and bones or ligaments swelling.
  • Spine arthritis, a common symptom in old age persons.
  • Any defects in a child present at the time of the birth.
  • Abnormal growth in the body.
  • The Paget’s disease or herniated or slipped disc.

Laminectomy Surgery

The laminectomy surgery involves a number of steps taken by the orthopedic surgeon. Let us have a look at the steps involved in laminectomy surgery.

  • The orthopedic surgeon in Sioux Falls Orthopedics will clear the operation site by using an antiseptic solution.
  • The surgeon will make a small incision.
  • The skin is moved away to give the orthopedic doctor a clear view of the operational site.
  • The orthopedic doctor removes the lamina bones in part or completely including bone spurs and small disc fragments.
  • The surgeon closes the incision with stitches and covers it with sterile bandages.

Laminectomy Recovery

In the entire procedure, laminectomy recovery is very important. The patient must keep the following things in mind when undergoing laminectomy recovery.

  • Follow up with your doctor on regular basis.
  • To increase your level of physical activities gradually and with your orthopedic surgeon’s approval.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects and strenuous activities.
  • If not necessary, do not climb stairs up and down.