This surgery is done to ease pressure on the spinal cord and nerves from herniated discs, bony spurs, and other problems that cause narrowing of the spinal canal. It is done when other methods have not helped ease weakness, numbness, and pain.
It may also be done to gain access to structures in the spinal cord.
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
If the surgery is done
with minimally invasive techniques, you will only need a few small incisions. A scope and small instruments will be inserted into these incisions. Some people may have open surgery. A larger cut will be made in the skin over the area in the back.
After the incision(s) is made, tools will be used to remove part or all of the lamina. Nerves may also be moved to ease irritation. The spinal cord and discs between the vertebra will be examined. Other repairs may be made at this time. The incision will be closed with stiches or staples. A bandage will be placed over the area.
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