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.
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.