What is a Minimally Invasive Laminectomy?
A Minimally Invasive Laminectomy (also known as a Spinal Decompression) is a procedure used to relieve the pain from a pinched nerve in the spine or Spinal Stenosis. This is done by removing part of the spinal vertebrae, known as the lamina, so that the spinal nerve can be decompressed and pain can be relieved.
Although laminectomies were historically performed with an open incision, at OSS Health our advanced technology and training allow most laminectomies to be performed in a minimally invasive fashion. This means a much smaller incision is used, less surgical trauma occurs and recovery time is shortened.
This procedure is often used to treat conditions including:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Herniated discs
The Board Certified Spine Surgeons at OSS Health are experts in Minimally Invasive Laminectomy procedures and have helped thousands of patients return to an active and healthy lifestyle following this procedure.
How is a Minimally Invasive Laminectomy Performed at OSS Health?
At OSS Health, a Minimally Invasive Laminectomy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure so that you can return home the same day as your procedure.
During a Minimally Invasive Laminectomy:
- Incision. A small incision is made over the affected vertebrae.
- Lamina removal. Small instruments are used to remove the lamina
- Discectomy. Portions of the damaged intervertebral disc and/or arthritic bone are removed
Sutures and adhesive strips are used to close the incision and prevent infection.
Using our advanced minimally invasive techniques, there is very little surgical trauma and you are able to recover and return to normal activities shortly after surgery.