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A Brief Guide on Cervical Laminectomy


Here is a brief guide on Cervical Laminectomy. It is a back and neck operation to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. Dr. Jwalant S Mehta, being the best spinal surgeon in the UK, explains it briefly. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: A Brief Guide on Cervical Laminectomy

A Brief Guide onCervical Laminectomy
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A Brief Guide on Cervical Laminectomy
  • Cervical Laminectomy is a surgical procedure
    performed to relieve the pain caused by the
    pressure put on the spinal cord or the spinal
  • While Lamina is the tiny flat bone of the
    vertebrae, -ectomy denotes surgical removal, so
    the removal of the lamina through a surgical
    process is called a Laminectomy.
  • A Brief Background on Spine
  • Spine, the central supporting structure of the
    human body is made up of a chain of little bony
    structures called vertebrae. Between each
    vertebra, their rest soft cushions of cartilage,
    called intervertebral spinal disk giving the
    flexibility to the bony structure.
  • The vertebrae join together to form a vertebral
    canal, a protective case through which the human
    spinal cord passes and connects the brain to the
    rest of the body. The bone you feel in the back
    is called the Spinous Process which protects the
    Spine, and Lamina is the flat tiny bony to either
    side of the Spinous process.

A Brief Guide on Cervical Laminectomy
  • What is Cervical Laminectomy?
  • Over time, the spine may develop problems like
    shrinking disc, ruptured or herniated disc, and
    pain-inducing bone spurs which can further shrink
    the vertebral canal causing pressure on the
    spinal cord or the nerves that emanate from the
    vertebral canal. This shrinkage that causes you a
    pain in back pain or numbness, weakness and aches
    in the body part associated with affected nerves
    is called Spinal Stenosis.
  • If the Spinal Stenosis happens in the cervical
    region of the spine then arms and hands are the
    face the wrath since the respective runs through
    them. And the surgical procedure that is
    performed to relieve this pain caused by the
    spinal stenosis near the cervical spine is
    called Cervical Laminectomy.

A Brief Guide on Cervical Laminectomy
  • How is Cervical Laminectomy performed?
  • Performed under general anaesthesia by the Spinal
    Surgeon, Cervical Laminectomy decompresses the
    spinal canal by removing the lamina, thickened
    ligaments and/or enlarged facet joints to make
    more room for the spinal cord and the nerves.
  • The Spinal specialist makes a posterior incision
    in the middle of the neck, remove the lamina to
    relieve the pressure of the spinal cord.
    Foraminotomy, the removal of the facet joint may
    also be performed in case the enlarged facet
    joint is found to decompress the nerve. Sometimes
    the Spinal Specialist also may perform Spinal
    Fusion to stabilize the spine. Finally, the
    Spinal Surgeon closes the incision with
    absorbable sutures that dissolve in the body over

A Brief Guide on Cervical Laminectomy
  • What should the patient expect after the Cervical
  • Though it makes take 2-3 days for the patients to
    be discharged, the patient is encouraged to walk
    on the first after the procedure. The brace is
    recommended to the patients to hold the head
    still during the healing process at home. The
    post-surgical pain is usually controlled by the
    pain medications and the Spine Specialist follows
    up with the patients after 4-5 weeks.
    Physio-therapy which involves stretching and
    strength training is recommended respectively.
    Close to 90 of the patients significantly
    benefit from Cervical Laminectomy

Contact us
  • Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
  • BMI The Priory Hospital
  • Spire Parkway Hospital
  • Bromsgrove Private Clinic

Contact and Connect
  • Clinical secretary Samantha Leavy 44 785 021
  • Medico-legal secretary Jan Clarke 44 121
  • Spire Parkway Hospital 0121 704 5500
  • BMI NEC (National Enquiry Centre) 0808 101 0337
  • BMI Priory 0121 446 1638
  • Email info_at_mehtaspine.co.uk
  • The appointments are booked through the clinic
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