Posterior Cervical Laminectomy – Frisco, TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide treatment for a various spinal conditions. They use advanced techniques to perform Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and other procedures.

Posterior Cervical Laminectomy

Posterior Cervical Laminectomy refers to a surgical procedure that is employed in case of Spinal Stenosis, Disc Degeneration and other conditions that hamper spinal function. The aim of the procedure is to remove some parts of the spinal cord and make more space for the nerve roots to emerge and to reduce the pressure on them. Spinal diseases cause various symptoms in a person that reduce their ability to carry out normal routine activities. In such a condition, Posterior Cervical Laminectomy helps to restore balance, flexibility and functioning of the spine and the other body parts that have been affected by the disease. The procedure prevents the progress of spinal diseases effectively with proven outcomes in most cases.

Who is a candidate for Posterior Cervical Laminectomy?

  • People aged above 50 years who have difficulty due to Spinal Stenosis, Disc Herniation, Disc Degeneration and pinching of the nerve roots
  • Have lost their capacity to walk, bend, climb stairs, hold objects, bend, write, are imbalanced, have bowel incontinence and loss of coordination between body parts
  • Have suffered from spinal injuries
  • Conservative methods of treatment have failed to improve the condition
  • Numbness in legs, feet, hands, fingers and arms
  • There is excessive movement of the spinal vertebrae and that too in the wrong direction

Posterior Cervical Laminectomy: The Procedure

  • The process of surgery is initiated after conducting a series of tests on the patient to assess the level of compression in the spine.
  • General anesthesia is administered to the patient
  • An incision in the skin (2-4incles) at the back of the neck or the spine is made
  • The muscles that lie above the lamina are pulled away for better view of the spine
  • A high speed burr may be employed to create a trough in the lamina at the point where it connects with the vertebral joint
  • The lamina is removed either in parts or completely to create space within the spine
  • Cervical fusion may also be carried out after removing the lamina to keep the spine stable and prevent future deformity of the cord. Bone or metal implants may be used for fusion
  • Thickened or infected tissue parts, if any, are removed
  • This is a major type of surgery that takes several hours and expertise of an orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon

Recovery from Posterior Cervical Laminectomy

It may take a couple of months before the patient can expect to resume his/her normal routine. There may be some side effects of surgery such as pain, tingling in the limbs, irritation at the point of incision but these may be treated through medicines and light exercise. Patients are advised to begin moving slowly within a few hours of surgery. Physical exercise and activity modification are recommended to help the patient recover and resume their routine functions as soon as possible.

For more information about Posterior Cervical Laminectomy, consult the spine specialist at OrthoTexas, Frisco. To request an appointment, call at (214) 618 - 5502