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What happens during a laminectomy?

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Most laminectomies are performed with general anesthesia. During the surgery, a ventilator, or breathing machine, will pump air in and out of your lungs.

The surgeon makes a cut in the skin of your back over the affected area and pulls aside muscles and soft tissues around the spine to expose it. Then they'll then cut away bone, bone spurs, and ligaments that are squeezing your nerves.

Some people may also have spinal fusion to stabilize the spine, get a special implant to help stabilize the bones in the lower back, have a disc removed, or get more bone removed to widen the passageway where nerves leave the spinal canal.

SOURCES:

Weinstein, J. , 2008. New England Journal of Medicine

Chou, R. 2009. Spine,

Thome, C. 2005. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Lumbar spinal stenosis."

Tuite, G. , 1994. Journal of Neurosurgery

Tuite, G. , 1994 Journal of Neurosurgery 

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Weinstein, J. , 2008. New England Journal of Medicine

Chou, R. 2009. Spine,

Thome, C. 2005. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Lumbar spinal stenosis."

Tuite, G. , 1994. Journal of Neurosurgery

Tuite, G. , 1994 Journal of Neurosurgery 

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 11, 2018

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