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Laminotomy Surgery


Before surgery, your doctor may ask you to see your primary care physician for a general exam with blood work. If you have a chronic condition such as heart problems, diabetes, or high blood pressure, be sure to advise your doctor. We may suggest seeing a local specialist here in Tyler while you are in the hospital.

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A Laminotomy of the Spine is used to treat the following conditions:

  • Bone Spurs.
  • Pinched Nerve.
  • Spinal Stenosis.
  • Herniated Disc.
  • Bulging Disc.
  • Scar Tissue Formation.
  • Arthritis of the Spine.
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Laminotomy - The Procedure
After the patient receives a local anesthetic, a small incision is made in the back and a round Depuy tube is inserted into it. Gradually, a small series of tubes are placed over the initial tube slowly increasing in size to make an opening for access to the spine. The final working tube will be about 18 millimeters in diameter which the surgeon will use to insert the laser, camera, suction, irrigation and other surgical instruments. With this minimally invasive method, the muscles are pushed aside instead of being cut or torn.

A laminotomy is an endoscopic procedure and not arthroscopic. The difference being that arthroscopic surgery requires inserting the tubular instrument into the joint, where endoscopic covers surgery with the same instrument being placed anywhere outside of the joint.

After the working tube is in place the surgeon can begin the procedure. Many patients that undergo a laminotomy will feel instant relief as the surgeon releases the entrapped nerves. Symptoms of back and leg pain are resolved by decompressing the spinal canal.

When the surgeon is finished with the procedure the tube is slowly removed, allowing for muscles to naturally shift back to normal positions.

Laminotomy - Recovery

Patients may sometime require one or two stitches and after a few hours of monitoring, are allowed to leave (accompanied by a companion.)

After the Laminotomy is completed the patient is encouraged to take a long walk that afternoon or evening. The following day the doctor will see the patient for a post-operative consultation and give them the authorization to return home.

With the advancements in medicine there are a number of minimally invasive procedures one can consider traditional before open back surgery. If a laminotomy is not right for you, other procedures such as a foraminotomy or facet thermal ablation may be.
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