Laminectomy removes a part or all of the lamina (bony arches over the spinal cord) to decrease the pressure on the spinal nerves and the spinal cord.
This is performed over a single or multiple levels depending on the nature of the disease. The laminectomy is commonly performed on the vertebrae in the lower back and in the neck
Laminectomy is performed as a part of many surgeries like disc surgery, spinal canal stenosis etc..
Following a laminectomy, the patient may observe an immediate improvement of some or all symptoms or sometimes a gradual improvement of the symptoms also may be seen. The patient usually walks after the first day of the surgery. A brace maybe needed for a few days after surgery.