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Laminectomy Q & A
What is the Lumbar Spine?
Your lumbar spine, consisting of five vertebrae in the lower back, plays a crucial role in supporting the weight of your upper body. The large size of these vertebrae makes them susceptible to various issues, impacting the function of your overall spine. Discs between the vertebrae act as cushions and shock absorbers.
What are the Most Common Problems in the Lumbar Spine?
The lumbar spine is prone to several problems, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Ruptured or herniated discs
- Arthritis of the joints
- Acute injury
When components like vertebrae, discs, nerves, or supporting soft tissue break down, it can lead to pressure on nearby nerves, causing significant pain.
What is a Laminectomy?
A laminectomy aims to relieve nerve pressure by removing a part of the lamina, the arched portion forming the spinal canal’s roof. This procedure allows doctors at South Texas Spinal Clinic to visualize the area and identify the source of nerve compression, typically a herniated disc, bone spur, disc fragment, or, rarely, a tumor. The removal of the problematic element provides space for the nerve to heal.
What is the Recovery Time After a Laminectomy?
While South Texas Spinal Clinic prioritizes minimally invasive options, recovery time varies for each patient. Generally, patients may need to limit movements, such as lifting or twisting, for about six weeks. However, mobility, including walking, can be maintained after the procedure. If low back pain significantly affects your life, consider consulting South Texas Spinal Clinic to explore whether a laminectomy could be a beneficial option. You can also use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.