Lumbar Laminectomy

Also known as open decompression, this surgery treats back and leg pain that may result from a number of conditions, most commonly herniated/degenerated discs and spinal stenosis. These conditions place pressure on the spinal cord and can threaten structural integrity and stability. This procedure involves removing discs (or portions thereof) in order to relieve spinal nerves (the pressure of which causes pain and possible damage). A posterior (back) procedure, the Laminectomy involves an incision and the cutting of tissue in order to reach the affected areas and sometimes replacement of removed spinal material with bone grafts and metal screws and rods. Recovery time is minimal.

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