If you suffer from a medical condition such as a herniated disc, sciatica,
spinal stenosis, ankylosing spondylitis, or spondylosis, your spine surgeon
near Miami may recommend that you undergo a laminotomy. This type of
back surgery is a spinal decompression procedure. During the procedure, the spine surgeon
will remove a small portion of the lamina, which is the bony portion of
the back of the spinal canal. The lamina serves to protect the spinal
cord and spinal canal.
The reason why removing the lamina can help relieve your symptoms is because
doing so provides more space for the nerves. Pain and other symptoms often
occur when these nerves become compressed. During a laminotomy, the spine
surgeon may also remove any bone spurs that have formed in the area. The
surgeon may remove part of the lamina of only one vertebra, or bone in
the spine, or he or she may remove some material from multiple vertebrae.
A laminotomy is often confused with a procedure known as the laminectomy.
They are very similar; however, during a laminectomy, the spine surgeon
removes the entire lamina.