Laminectomy is a minimally invasive spine surgery that decompresses the spinal cord and stabilizes the neck. If you’re suffering the neurologic symptoms of nerve compression, such as tingling, weakness and numbness in the arms and hands, and loss of mobility, you might have an underlying condition that’s compressing or damaging the spinal cord and nerve roots. In these situations, the laminectomy procedure alleviates pressure from the nerve roots while stabilizing the neck.
The lamina is the thin plate of bone located at the back of the neck, which essentially makes up the roof of the spinal column. The lamina protects the spinal cord from damage and stabilizes the neck. Laminectomy is a procedure that involves the removal of the lamina to access the underlying nerve roots and spinal cord to address the root cause of nerve compression. Bone grafting materials and various implants might be used to restore spinal stability.