Laminectomy and fusion
A thoracolumbar laminectomy and fusion is performed through an incision on your mid- to lower back. This procedure involves fully or partially removing pieces of bone called spinous process and laminae that surround the spinal cord and/or nerves. This is done to enlarge the space for and to help relieve pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves.
After the laminectomy is performed, natural or synthetic bone material can be added to help fuse the vertebrae. If successful, spinal fusion will typically take place in the weeks and months following surgery. In instances where there is instability, implants such as metal screws and rods can be added to help provide stability to the spine.*
A more in depth look at the individual steps of this procedure as well as tips for preparing for and recovering from a laminectomy and fusion.
In general, surgical treatment options presented by your surgeon are aimed at relieving pressure on nerve roots in an attempt to address pain.
* The placement of these implants is intended to assist in a healing process called spinal fusion. If successful, spinal fusion will typically take place in the weeks and months following surgery, and can be assessed by your surgeon on imaging studies (e.g. x-rays) taken during follow up visits.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SPINE SURGERY
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