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Laminectomy

February 10, 2017

 

 

If you suffer from spinal stenosis, you may need a laminectomy. A laminectomy is an operation used to reduce pressure on the spinal nerves. In order to do this, your surgeon will remove the bone that protects the spinal canal.

 

 

  • Surgery begins with an incision in the lower back.

  • The pedicle and lamina bones are connected to the lower back where there may be bone spurs that put extra pressure on the spinal canal.

  • The goal of a laminectomy is to reduce the symptoms brought on by spinal stenosis.

  • By decreasing the pressure on the spinal canal, the nerves in the spine will have more room to move.

  • Speak to your surgeon before the laminectomy so you are properly prepared and informed.

  • This procedure involves anesthesia to keep the patient sedated for the entire duration.  

  • Most individuals who receive this surgery are permitted to leave the same day.

 

 

After a recovery time of four to six weeks, your surgeon will recommend for you to begin physical therapy in an outpatient facility. Initially, your physical therapist will focus on treating any pain or inflammation you may be experiencing. After these symptoms are treated, you will begin doing exercises to restore your strength.

 

 

  • Ice and electrical stimulation treatments are effective in treating your ailments.

  • Hands-on techniques such as massages are also used to achieve the result mentioned above.

  • Your physical therapist will instruct you to perform exercises that will stabilize your lower back.  

  • Cardiovascular activities such as swimming are recommended when you are cleared for physical therapy.

  • Body Mechanics is one tool used by physical therapists for patients recovering from a laminectomy.

  • This involves learning new ways to perform functions that involve using your back such as getting dressed or lifting heavy objects.

  • As you continue to improve, your routine will be altered to help you return to work or do the activity that you were unable to do before surgery.

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