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What is a Laminectomy?

Updated: Apr 25

The lamina is a part of the vertebrae that covers & protects the spinal canal. Laminectomy is a type of back surgery in which a surgeon removes part or all of the lamina. This procedure is used to widen the spinal canal & relieve pressure on the spinal cord or to remove bone spurs that compress nerve roots.

Laminotomy is similar to laminectomy. However, the surgeon removes just a small part of the lamina. This may also lead to fewer complications, compared with traditional laminectomy.


Spinal nerve and/or cord pressure may be reduced/ eliminated by increasing space for the nerve with spinal decompression. Using safe, directed, computer controlled treatment, patients find long term relief without the risks of surgery or Rx drugs.

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