Lumbar Laminectomy

A surgical operation to remove the back of one or more vertebrae, usually to give access to the spinal cord or to relieve pressure on nerves.

Why Is a Lumbar Laminectomy Done?

If you have back pain (and/or leg pain) caused by compression of the spinal nerves and/or spinal cord, you may need a lumbar laminectomy. It is done to relieve that pressure.

Your nerves or spinal cord may be compressed by a herniated disc; it can push into the spinal canal or onto the spinal nerves.


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