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Decompressive surgery refers to a group of specialized procedures that are done to relieve chronic symptoms that are caused by pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots.
To begin the laminectomy procedure, one of our surgeons will create an incision in the affected area. Through that opening, we will expose the spine by gently moving the muscles and soft tissue aside. From there, we will cut away any structures that are compressing the nerves – including bone, bone spurs, and ligaments.
A cervical laminoplasty is done to relieve pressure on the spinal cord in the neck. This pressure often develops due to tumors, arthritis, degenerative changes, disc herniation, bone spurs, fractures, and more.
To begin this procedure, one of our surgeons will create an incision in the back of your neck to expose the spinal column. We will then create two incisions in the affected bone to open up the spinal canal and relieve pressure on the spinal cord. From there, we will insert a small metal plate or bone graft to ensure that the area remains open.
Cervical laminectomy is done to widen the spinal canal in order to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve. It is a common treatment approach for patients suffering from cervical spinal stenosis.
Your cervical laminectomy will be done under general anesthesia. To begin, our spine surgeons will create an incision along the middle of the back of the neck to obtain access to the cervical spine. Through that opening, we will remove a small section of the lamina – which is the bony roof of the spine.
A fusion may be done simultaneously to stabilize the spine, prevent further compression, and reduce the likelihood of recurrent symptoms. To perform the fusion, our spine surgeons will insert a bone graft to fuse two or more vertebrae together. We may also place metal plates and screws to ensure that the bones remain in place until the area has healed.
After decompressive surgery, the spine can become unstable. Traditionally, this instability is corrected with a spinal fusion procedure, which involves connecting problematic vertebrae together into one, solid bone using metal rods and screws. Although it is effective in providing stability, this approach also eliminates motion in the spine.
The colflex device is a titanium metal implant that restores spinal stability after decompressive surgery. It offers an alternative to spinal fusion and preserves your ability to walk naturally and engage in your favorite activities, such as gardening and exercising. It can be inserted during a simple procedure using the same incision that was created for your decompressive surgery.
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