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Laminoplasty Quick Facts

How It Works:

  • Treatment goal: create more space for the spinal cord to relieve nerve pressure without fusion
  • Typically offered to someone with strong spine stability
  • A small one-inch incision is made along the back of the spine
  • The lamina (spinal bone) is carefully cut through to create a “window” to the spinal cord
  • The lamina is then carefully propped open – oftentimes with screws – to keep the area enlarged and pain-free

Types of Conditions:

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors

A motion-preserving solution to fusion

Recovery Time*

6-8 weeks

* All recovery periods vary depending on the person or severity of the condition.

Is Laminoplasty Right for Me?

Q Spine Institute patients who require laminoplasty have suffered damage to their vertebra, usually through spinal stenosis or degeneration, or some kind of compression fracture. The goal of laminoplasty is to provide relief from any pressure or pinching on the spine.

Instead of removing the bone, the lamina is partially cut on both the right and left sides, creating a hinge on one side of the lamina and a small opening on the other. The lamina is then moved into the “open” position, increasing the space available for the spinal cord and taking any pressure off of it.

Am I a Candidate for Laminoplasty?

Laminoplasty is a common procedure at Q Spine Institute with generally high success rates. Because these are minimally invasive procedures, risks are considered lower when compared to more aggressive surgery.

As with all surgeries, there are risks and complications involved with any kind of vertebral augmentation procedures.

It is recommended that you talk with your surgeon and research the risks of the surgery, along with other methods for pain relief.

Make an appointment to consult with Q Spine Institute about your treatment options today.

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