Minimally Invasive Laminotomy Overview
A Laminotomy is a procedure to removing some of the lamina (a portion of the involved vertebral bone) that may be causing a pinching within the spinal canal. By removing this damaged tissue it relieves pain and pressure that is being placed on the nerves in that area. For patient with conditions like spinal stenosis or a herniated disc, a Laminotomy may be recommended for pain relief where conservative treatments have failed. A laminotomy can also be referred to as a spinal decompression.
Watch video(s) to learn more about Minimally Invasive Laminotomy.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive
- Minimally Invasive
- Short recovery
- Less postoperative pain
- High Success rate
- Preservation of spinal mobility
- Local Anesthesia
- Minimal blood loss
- Same-day surgery with no hospitalization (outpatient procedure)
- Small incision and minimal scar tissue formation
Conditions Treated with Minimally Invasive Laminotomy
A Laminotomy is an endoscopic reduction of the lamina bone. Some conditions that may benefit from this procedure are Spinal Stenosis, Bone Spurs, Herniated Discs, and Facet Joint Disease.
- Degenerative Disc Disease
This condition is a progressive weakening of the vertebral discs, the cushions between the vertebrae. This condition develops as a normal part of the aging process and wear and tear, but it may also result after an injury to the back or with certain predisposing back conditions.
Spondylolisthesis is vertebral slippage in the spinal column. The human spine has a perfectly aligned shape for motion, but spondylolisthesis distorts this alignment. This slippage can be caused by aging of the spine, a congenital disorder, an injury, and also diseases such as those that can cause abnormal growths on the spine.
- Pinched Nerve
When a nerve of the spine is compressed or “pinched” due to a change in the disc that is supposed to cushion the spine in that particular area. This pinching causes inflammation and pain.
- Herniated Disc
A herniated disc occurs when the inner disc material, called the nucleus, pushes through the tough outer wall of the disc. When this bulging area comes into contact with surrounding nerves it causes pain, tingling and discomfort that can be felt locally and also down the nerve’s path that it follows.
A pinched nerve in the spine that is sending pain signals to the buttocks, hamstring (back of leg), or further down one or both legs. Sciatica can result from a variety of problems with the discs or other problems in the lower back.