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What is a laminectomy?

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Laminectomy is one of the most common back surgeries. A surgeon removes the rear portion of one or more spinal bones (vertebrae). Bone spurs and ligaments that are pressing on nerves may be removed at the same time.

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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