A laminectomy, also known as decompression surgery, is a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis, a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and can cause painful compression of the spinal cord and nerves. As the spine ages and develops arthritis, small growths of bone called bone spurs may appear on the vertebrae. When these bone spurs intrude too far into the spinal canal, it can result in spinal stenosis. A laminectomy involves removing vertebrae or trimming part of the vertebral bone (the portion called the lamina) to widen the spinal canal and create more space for the spinal cord.
Individuals with spinal stenosis may want to consider a laminectomy if other, more conservative treatments such as physical therapy, pain medication, steroid injections, or muscle relaxers do not offer sufficient relief from pain and other symptoms. A laminectomy may also be recommended if the spinal stenosis is more severe, with symptoms such as:
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Radiating pain that extends to the extremities
- Muscle weakness, tingling, or numbness that interferes with daily activities
Tampa General Hospital’s neurosurgeons are highly experienced in performing laminectomy procedures and other spine surgeries and have helped countless patients find relief from symptoms related to spinal narrowing. Our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals provides comprehensive treatment programs for patients with spinal conditions. Tampa General Hospital features one of the largest neuroscience intensive care units on the west coast of Florida.