Spinal Decompression Surgery
Laminotomy is a spinal decompression surgery that involved the lamina,
a thin protective covering located on the back of the vertebra over the
spinal canal. Unlike a laminectomy in which the entire lamina is removed,
a laminotomy is the partial removal of the lamina. Removing portions of
the lamina can help create more space and alleviate pressure on the nerve
roots or spinal cord, which can cause pain, weakness in the arms or legs,
and difficulties with balance.
A laminotomy is a procedure used to treat back pain, as well as pain that
radiates into the legs (sciatica) or arms that may be caused by several conditions, including:
When treating a herniated disc, which involves removal or all or part of
the damaged disc (discectomy), a surgeon may need to perform a laminotomy to remove part of the lamina
and gain access to the spinal canal so that disc fragments impinging nerve
roots can be removed.
Spine Surgery & Comprehensive Care
At the Center for Spine at Hoag Orthopedic Institute, our spine surgeons
focus on helping patients lead more active and healthier lives by delivering
personalized treatment plans designed to alleviate pain and restore mobility.
Because our Orange County spine surgeons are trained in utilizing the
most advanced and evidence-based spine surgery techniques, we can provide
patients with options that may work best for them, including minimally
invasive spine surgery.
When a surgical procedure is performed with a minimally invasive approach,
advanced technology and tools allow for smaller incisions, less disruption
of soft tissue, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery. In order
to determine if you are a candidate for surgery, including minimally invasive
laminotomy, we focus on evaluating all aspects of your pain and activity
limitations, especially if they have not responded to non-surgical treatment,
and utilizing advanced diagnostic testing to determine your underlying
A laminotomy can be performed as an outpatient procedure in which a small
portion of the lamina and / or ligaments are removed through a small incision.
Patients are typically able to return home after a laminotomy, and will
have assistance from our specialists who can help them navigate through
Members of our orthopedic spine team include:
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