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Decompression

Decompression

Cervical Decompression

Decompression is the surgical removal of any material that places pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. The compression may be the result of a narrowed spinal canal due to excessive growth of bone.

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Who Can Benefit From A Spinal Decompression?

When conservative treatments no longer provide lasting relief of your neck and/or arm pain, surgical intervention may be recommended. or tissues in the neck, or a disc herniation.

Laminoplasty

A laminoplasty is performed to make the opening larger through which the spinal canal travels. A laminoplasty involves expanding the spinal canal by repositioning the lamina, or arched part of the vertebrae that forms the back of the spinal canal.

Surgical Procedure

  • An incision is made in the back of the neck.
  • Fluoroscopy, or live x-ray, is used to determine the correct level(s) to be operated.
  • One side of the lamina is scored to act as a hinge.
  • The other side of the lamina is cut and propped open with small metal plates and screws.
  • Surgery takes approximately 1-2 hours.

Foraminotomy

A foraminotomy is performed to enlarge the space where the nerve roots exit the spinal cord, called the foramen. A foraminotmy may involve removal bone and/or herniated disc that may be compressing the spinal nerves.

Procedure

  • An incision is made in the back of the neck.
  • Fluoroscopy, or live x-ray, is used to determine the correct level(s) to be operated.
  • The foramen, or space where the nerve roots exit the spinal cord, is enlarged.
  • The disc herniation or bone spurs are removed.
  • Surgery takes approximately 1-2 hours.

Recovery

While recovery after decompression surgery is usually relatively brief, it can vary among patients. Age, as well as overall health, will play a role in each individual’s recovery time. Return to work also varies among patients and is related to overall health and the kind of work you do.

 


Lumbar Decompression

When conservative treatments no longer provide lasting relief of your low back and/or leg pain, surgical intervention may be recommended. A Decompression is the surgical removal of any material that places pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. If the compression is the result of a narrowed spinal canal due to excessive growth of bone or tissues, a laminotomy or laminectomy may be performed

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

Laminotomy

A laminotomy is the partial removal of the lamina. This procedure is performed to create space to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord and or spinal nerves.

Laminectomy

A laminectomy is the removal of the lamina (the back part of the vertebra that covers your spinal canal). This procedure relieves pressure by creating more space for the spinal cord and or spinal nerves.

Procedure

  • An incision is made in the low back area.
  • Fluoroscopy, or live x-ray, is used to determine the correct level(s) to be operated.
  • The tissue, most commonly bone and ligament, which is compressing on the nerve(s), is removed.
  • In some cases a fusion may be preformed in addition to decompression surgery.

Recovery

While recovery after decompression surgery is usually relatively brief, it can vary among patients. Age, as well as overall health, will play a role in each individual’s recovery time. Return to work also varies among patients and is related to overall health and the type of work you do.

MN Spinal Decompression Surgeons

To learn more about spinal decompression surgery, contact the Minneapolis spine surgeons at Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.3353.7720.