Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery
For Leg Pain Relief
• Also know as Lumbar Decompressive Laminectomy
A lumbar laminectomy surgical procedure removes pressure on the nerves in the low back which is caused by thickened ligament and arthritis. The lamina, the bone forming the roof of the spinal canal, is removed in order to take pressure off of the nerves in the low back; hence, it is also referred to as decompressive or decompression laminectomy. It is performed when more conservative treatments do not work.
Lumbar Spinal Fusion may be done at the same time when sufficient bone is removed to cause the spine to become unstable. It may also be added if there is severe low back pain, or mechanical instability.
The most commonly affected levels in the lumbar spine are L3, L4 and L5. The procedure is done through a vertical incision in the low back with a microscope to provide excellent visualization of the nerves.