Lumbar Laminectomy is a surgical procedure commonly used to decompress nerves in conditions where an issue like enlarged joints or bony outgrowths cause painful, disabling lumbar (lower back) nerve compression. In a Lumbar Laminectomy, a portion of the vertebral bone in the area of the nerve compression is removed to expose the nerve roots, which can then be given more space via removal of the excessive tissue or abnormality that is causing the compression. Lumbar Laminectomy is especially successful in relieving sciatic nerve pain (sciatica) caused by spinal stenosis, but can be useful for several conditions that may cause nerve compression leading to pain, numbness, tingling or difficulty with normal physical activities.
Because the removal of bone and tissue is a fairly invasive process, this procedure is generally only considered when other non-surgical options like anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medications, injections and/or physical therapy have not succeeded. Generally speaking, a Lumbar Laminectomy is a surgery used only to address severe cases of nerve compression in which the patient is suffering from serious symptoms like difficulty walking, sitting or standing, muscle weakness or numbness or trouble controlling the bladder and/or bowels.
When Lumbar Laminectomy is employed, approximately 70-80% of patients report significant reduction in pain and improvement in motion and functioning. Success and pain reduction in cases of spinal stenosis can often be further enhanced if the laminectomy is coupled with the fusion of the joint. This additional fusion process prevents the spinal stenosis from occurring again and creating the same pain and difficulty as before.
If you suffer from severe nerve compression in the lumbar region due to a spinal condition and would like to discuss the option of undergoing Lumbar Laminectomy to correct it and alleviate your symptoms, contact our office at your earliest convenience to set up an appointment to discuss your condition one-on-one with Dr. Neece.