Cervical 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 or tissues.
Who Can Benefit From A Cervical Decompression?
When conservative treatments no longer provide lasting relief of your neck and/or arm pain or a disc herniation, surgical intervention may be recommended.
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.
A foraminotomy is performed to enlarge the space where the nerve roots exit the spinal cord, called the foramen. A foraminotomy may involve removal bone and/or herniated disc that may be compressing the spinal nerves.
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
Who can Benefit from a Lumbar Decompression?
When conservative treatments no longer provide lasting relief of your low back and/or leg pain, surgical intervention may be recommended.
Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota Spinal Decompression Surgeons
To learn more about spinal decompression surgery, contact the St. Paul spine surgeons at Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720.