Laminectomy

A common source of low back and leg pain is pressure or compression on the nerve roots in the spine, and a surgical procedure called a spinal laminectomy is often used for relief. Surgery may also include the fusion of vertebrae or the removal of part or all of a vertebral disc, and instrumentation (e.g., spinal screws or rods) may be used for additional support to the spine and help facilitate fusion.


Specialists in Spine Surgery

Get your Case Study Review by Dr. Darryl Antonacci, The Leader In Less Invasive Complex Spine Surgery.


darryl-antonoacci-tnTogether Dr. Antonacci and Dr. Betz have a combined 50+ years of experience in complex spine surgery.

Specialists in Spine Surgery

SpondylolisthesisHerniated Disc
StenosisScoliosis
M. Darryl Antonacci, MD
Chief Spine Surgeon & Director
Specialist in Pediatric & Adult Spine
darryl-antonoacci-tn
Randal R. Betz, MD
Spine Surgeon
Specialist in Pediatric Spine
betz

Why is a Laminectomy Performed?

The goal of a laminectomy is to relieve nerve compression by widening the space around the nerves (the spinal canal). The surgeon removes or trims the lamina (roof) of the vertebra to make more room for the nerves.

How is a Laminectomy Done?

A small incision is made in the lower back. Using a retractor, the surgeon spreads apart the muscles and fatty tissue of the spine. A portion of the lamina is removed so the surgeon can identify the cause of the compression on the nerve roots. Spinal compression is most often caused by a herniated disc. However, other sources of pressure may include:

  • Disc fragments
  • Osteophytes or bone spurs
  • Tumors

Once the source of the compression is identified, it is removed and pressure is relieved. The incision is then closed using either absorbable sutures (stitches), which absorb on their own, or skin sutures, which have to be removed after the incision has healed.

testimonials Read patient testimonials and watch video testimonials to learn more about our patients' experiences with Dr. Antonacci and Dr. Betz. TESTIMONIALS: Spondylolisthesis, Herniated Disc, Scoliosis Kyphosis, Spinal Stenosis Sciatica, Degenerative Disc Disease.

Recovery from Laminectomy

Patients are usually up and walking the same day as the surgery. Recovery times vary; however, most patients can expect to stay in the hospital for 3-5 days. Once discharged, patients need to rest at home and avoid any heavy lifting or excessive stress on the spine. Daily walking is usually recommended to increase strength and regain flexibility. Once the incision has healed and the physician approves, patients can return to work and other daily living activities.

 

Our Offices Are Conveniently Located in Manhattan and Central New Jersey

Have Your Spine Case Doctor-Reviewed by Nationally Renowned Spine Surgeon, Dr. Darryl Antonacci. After Doctors’s review, a staff member from Dr. Antonacci’s and Dr. Betz’s office will contact you typically within 48 hours for more information about your condition or to schedule an appointment.

Our Office Locations


newjersey-map

Near Princeton, NJ
3100 Princeton Pike,
Bldg. 1-D
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office: 609-912-1500
Fax: 609-912-1600


manhatten-map

Upper East Side, NYC
800A Fifth Avenue,
Suite 301
New York, NY 10065
Office: 609-912-1500
Fax: 609-912-1600


NJ and NY Spine Surgery Treatment Centers


University Medical Center,
Princeton NJ

253 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08540
Mount Sinai Medical Center,
New York City

1 Gustave L. Levy Pl, New York, NY 10029
Saint Peter’s University Hospital,
New Brunswick, NJ

254 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
 

Do you know someone who needs help? Share this page, they will love you for it!
Scoliosis Research Society National Board of Medical Examiners AOSpine Europe Consumers Research Council of America

REVIEW REAL PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

Our patients have shared their experiences and gratitude with us and we invite you to read their words yourself.

ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATION WITH DR. ANTONACCI

Meet with the leader in minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. Ask questions of concern and learn more about your options. Dr. Antonacci is looking forward to meeting with you.

ANSWERS TO COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You are not alone and many others have asked similar questions you may have. Read more to understand about spine surgery through Dr. Antonacci's approach.

How Can We Help You?

Let Me Personally Review Your Case
Dr. Darryl Antonacci

OR IN A HURRY?… Contact Us Now:

Bot Detector

Quick Form