Tollestrup ForumLaminectomy
Fauneil Purcell asked 3 weeks ago

I have a friend who is considering a laminectomy, but she doesn’t have a lot of info. about it, and I would like to help her. What can you tell me about this procedure and its efficacy, recovery, etc. BTW, I’m a friend of Julianna’s, and I live in Montana. Thanks.

Tim Tollestrup, MD Staff replied 3 weeks ago

Hi Fauneil. I am not a spine surgeon and therefore spine surgery is not my area of expertise. Your friend should really see her spine surgeon for authoritative answers to these questions.

In general terms, a laminectomy is usually done to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots and typically involves removal of bone. Often it is done in conjunction with a “discectomy” where pieces of herniated intervertebral discs are putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.

If the diagnosis is correct, then this type of surgery is usually very effective.

Dr. T