Laminectomy Performed for Residents of Freehold & Monroe Township, NJ
A laminectomy is a type of surgery in which a surgeon removes part or all of the lamina, the back part of a vertebra that forms a covering over your spinal canal. Also known as decompression surgery, a laminectomy creates space in your spinal canal to help ease pressure on the spinal cord or the nerve roots. At Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, we can perform this procedure for residents of Freehold and Monroe Township, New Jersey, who are looking for relief from their pain.
Why It’s Performed
Pressure on the spinal cord or nerves is often caused by bony overgrowths within the spinal canal, which are sometimes referred to as bone spurs. These overgrowths typically occur in people who have spinal arthritis, and are a common side effect of the natural aging process in many people.
Bone spurs may not cause symptoms on their own, but when they’re pressing on the spinal cord or nearby nerves, they can cause pain, numbness, tenderness, and weakness that can radiate down your arms or legs. While a laminectomy can create space in the spinal canal, it does not cure arthritis, so it is more reliable for relieving radiating symptoms from compressed nerves than it is for relieving back pain from arthritic spinal joints.
A World-Class Team
If months of conservative treatment, such as medication or physical therapy, have failed to relieve your pain, or if you have symptoms such as muscle weakness or numbness or a loss of bowel or bladder control, your doctor may recommend a laminectomy. The procedure requires a skin incision in your back through which the appropriate lamina is removed. However, depending upon your condition and individual needs, the surgeon may use minimally invasive techniques, which require a smaller incision and special surgical microscope.
At Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, we have a team of board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons who would be happy to discuss your laminectomy options with you. To find out more, or to schedule an appointment at our facility in Freehold or Monroe Township, NJ, contact us today.