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Lumbar Laminectomy (cont.)

During the Procedure

  • Usually you will be placed on your abdomen, in a kneeling position to reduce the weight of your abdomen on your spine.
    • The surgeon will make a straight incision over the desired vertebrae and down to the lamina, the bony arches of your vertebrae.
    • The doctor removes the ligament joining the vertebrae along with all or part of the lamina. The goal is to see the involved nerve root.
    • The doctor gently moves the nerve root back toward the center of your spinal column and removes the disk or part of the disk.
    • The doctor closes the incision. Your large back muscle now protects your spine or nerve roots.
  • The surgery takes one to three hours. You lose very little blood.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/20/2015

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