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Decompression Surgery is a spinal surgery in which the lamina (a part of the vertebrae) is removed to remove the pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. This surgery is commonly called Laminectomy.
Laminectomy is used as a last resort when all non-surgical techniques do not relieve the pressure on the spinal canal. It may be done along with other spinal surgeries like discectomy, spinal fusion and formainotomy.
Decompression Surgery is indicated when
Your doctor will recommend
The surgery is performed by an experienced spine surgeon under general anesthesia. During surgery -
The procedure takes upto 3 hours.
A hospital stay for 1 to 2 may be required. There will be some pain in the back for which you will be given medications.
Activities that cause stress on the back must be avoided for a few weeks. The sutures/staples will be removed after about 2 weeks.
Physiotherapy will be recommended to avoid formation of blood clots in the legs and improving flexibility.
If laminectomy is performed along with any other procedure, then the recovery time may be upto 6 months.
The patient may have reaction to anesthetic medications, breathing problems, infection and excessive bleeding during the surgery.
The spinal nerve may be injured resulting in pain and numbness.
Decompression Surgery will relieve the symptoms but will not prevent spinal problems from occurring in future. The symptoms may re-appear after a few years.