Laminectomy.docx - Laminectomy is surgery that creates space by removing the lamina \u2014 the back part of a vertebra that covers your spinal canal Also

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Laminectomy is surgery that creates space by removing the lamina — the back part ofa vertebra that covers your spinal canal. Also known as decompression surgery,laminectomy enlarges your spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord ornerves.The surgeon makes an incision in your back over the affected vertebrae and moves the muscles away from your spine as needed. Small instruments are used to remove the appropriate lamina. The size of the incision may vary depending on your condition and body size. Minimally invasive surgeries typically use smaller incisions than those used for open procedures.
If laminectomy is being performed as part of surgical treatment for a herniateddisk, the surgeon also removes the herniated portion of the disk and any pieces that have broken loose (diskectomy).If one of your vertebrae has slipped over another or if you have curvature of the spine, spinal fusion may be necessary to stabilize your spine. During spinal

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