Laminotomy & Laminectomy Specialist

Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

If medication and exercise fail to improve your back pain, you may need a surgical procedure such as a laminectomy. Jose E. Rodriguez-Cordova, MD, FACS, and the surgical experts at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders in Houston can determine if you would benefit from a laminectomy, and perform the procedure with care and precision so you can get back to doing the things you love as quickly as possible. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.

Laminotomy & Laminectomy Q & A

What is a laminectomy?

A laminectomy, also referred to as decompression surgery, is a surgical procedure aimed at relieving pressure on your spinal canal and nerves to reduce pain and discomfort. During a laminectomy, a portion of your lamina, which is part of the posterior portion of your spine, is removed to create the necessary space.

Who needs a laminectomy?

The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders offer laminectomy as a treatment for pinched nerves or a compressed spinal canal caused by bone spurs, herniated discs, fractures, or tumors on your spine. However, they only recommend surgery if conservative treatments fail to provide relief and improve your quality of life.

The experts at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders may also suggest a laminectomy if you’re experiencing a worsening of your symptoms, such as muscle weakness or losing control of your bowel or bladder.

What can I expect during a laminectomy?

When possible, the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders perform minimally invasive surgeries to reduce risks and shorten your recovery time. Your surgeon discusses the best choice for you based on your need for surgery and your health history. Due to the nature of a laminectomy, whether performed as a minimally invasive or open procedure, it’s done while you’re under general anesthesia so you’re asleep for the operation.

During the procedure, your surgeon makes an incision over the area of your spine undergoing the laminectomy. Then, they use small instruments to remove your lamina. If you have a herniated disc, it may also be removed during the procedure.

Once completed, your surgeon closes the incisions and you’re sent to the recovery room for monitoring. While you may be able to go home the same day, some patients require a stay at the hospital for continued monitoring. The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders provides you with your surgical plan before the procedure so you know what to expect.

How long does it take to recover from a laminectomy?

Recovery time varies from person to person, but you may be able to return to work with modifications within a few weeks of surgery. Your surgeon may also recommend physical therapy following the procedure to help you regain strength and mobility, which can help you get back to your usual activities faster.

For expert spine care from a compassionate team, call Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders or schedule a consultation online today.