If you live with severe back pain and want relief, a laminectomy can help get you back to the activities you enjoy in life. This type of spinal surgery relieves pressure on your back by removing a bony area of your spine, called the lamina. This opens space in your spinal canal to ease your pain.
At Dignity Health Central California, our trusted orthopedic doctors focus on your healing with care, dignity, and respect. Find a Doctor today for compassionate care for lower back pain with laminectomy surgery in Central California.
Reasons for Laminectomy Surgery at Dignity Health Central California
Your doctor may recommend a laminectomy if other nonsurgical treatments did not help your lower back pain, leg pain, numbness, or weakness. Physical therapy and medications are options that usually come before laminectomy surgery.
Certain spine conditions can lead to the need for a laminectomy, including:
- Herniated disc – affects the cushioning disc between your vertebrae.
- Bone spurs – abnormal bone growths on your vertebrae.
- Sciatica – pain from your buttock to your leg caused by nerve compression in your lower back.
- Degenerative disc disease – breakdown of the cushioning discs in your vertebrae
- Spinal stenosis – narrowing of your spinal column.
- Spondylosis – wear and tear on the discs in your spine, also called spinal osteoarthritis.
Restoring your well-being and relieving your pain remain our focus as your consider laminectomy surgery. Your physical, mental, and spiritual needs are always a part of our personalized care plan.
Preparing for Laminectomy Surgery
Your comfort is very important throughout your care at Dignity Health Central California. As you prepare for surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will discuss surgical options with minimally invasive surgery using small incisions or traditional surgery with a large open incision.
Your Laminectomy Recovery
Depending on the type of surgery, you can go home the same day or spend a few days at one of our hospitals. Immediately after your procedure, your caregivers will want you to walk. Physical therapy will follow as part of your laminectomy recovery. You can expect to fully recover within four to six weeks.
You will find that you can return to all the activities you enjoy before laminectomy surgery. Keep your back healthy and strong by:
- Strengthening your back and leg muscles with exercise.
- Using good posture.
- Lifting and carrying heavy objects correctly.
- Keeping a healthy weight.
To find out if a laminectomy will relieve your pain, speak with an expert at Dignity Health Central California.
Dignity Health Central California’s trusted orthopedic surgeons can help relieve back pain with laminectomy in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.