What is Laminotomy?

LaminotomyLaminotomy and laminectomy are minimally invasive procedures that partially or totally remove a spinal bone known as the lamina. The procedures decompress the spinal cord or the nerves that are compressed by abnormal structures surrounding the spinal canal.

Spine Centers of America uses an endoscopic approach that does not require hospitalization. The difference between these two procedures—laminotomy and laminectomy— is that a laminotomy makes a hole in the lamina and removes only a small portion of the bone and a laminectomy removes the majority of the lamina. It might be helpful to think of the lamina as the “roof” of the spinal canal and the procedures partially or totally remove the part of the “roof” that is damaged. Both procedures allow an orthopedic surgeon to see both the pathology and the nerves.

Benefits of Laminontomy

  • Same day surgery with no hospitalization (outpatient procedure)
  • Short recovery
  • Small incision
  • No general anesthesia

Treated Conditions

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Herniated Disc
  • Arthritis

When is Laminotomy Recommended?

There is a ligament in the spinal canal called the ligamentum flavum. It can thicken to the point that it actually compresses the spinal cord and can cause spinal stenosis. Once diagnosed, a laminotomy may be recommended. Once the ligament is removed, the spinal canal is opened up and the pressure is released.

These are two of the most versatile spinal surgeries because they can be performed at any level of spine from the top of the neck down to the lower lumbar.

They both have a relatively low risk of complications and can be very effective in relieving arm or leg pain.

For more information on this or other procedures performed at one of our spine centers, please contact us at 877-722-6008 to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our spine doctors today.