Laminectomy & Relieving Leg Pain

Among the many conditions that cause discomfort, leg pain originating from pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve is particularly debilitating. Fortunately, Nebraska Spine Hospital offers a solution called decompression (laminectomy), which effectively relieves this type of pain. 

Understanding Decompression (Laminectomy)

A posterior laminectomy, commonly referred to as decompression, is a surgical procedure designed to alleviate leg pain caused by degenerative conditions in the lower back. These conditions, such as disc degeneration and bone spurs, can lead to increased pressure on the spinal nerves as they exit the spine.

The procedure involves removing a portion of the vertebral lamina, which forms part of the protective housing around the spinal cord. By reducing the size of the lamina, the pressure on the spinal nerves is alleviated, providing relief from leg pain.

Procedure Details

During a laminectomy, an incision is made in the middle of the lower back. The surgical team then utilizes specialized instruments to remove the spinous processes and lamina. Additionally, any bone spurs or other sources of spinal nerve compression are carefully eliminated. By creating more space within the spinal canal, the procedure aims to alleviate pressure on the affected spinal nerves.

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Benefits of Laminectomy

Decompression (laminectomy) offers several significant benefits for individuals suffering from leg pain caused by spinal nerve compression. These benefits include:

  1. Pain Relief: By reducing pressure on the spinal nerves, patients often experience a significant reduction in leg pain.
  2. Improved Mobility: Alleviating the discomfort associated with spinal nerve compression can enhance mobility and restore the ability to perform daily activities without limitations.
  3. Enhanced Quality of Life: Living with chronic leg pain can take a toll on one’s overall well-being. Decompression can provide a renewed sense of comfort and improve the quality of life for individuals who have been affected by this condition.

This surgical procedure has been proven effective in relieving leg pain caused by degenerative conditions in the lower back and it is a main procedure offered by the experts at Nebraska Spine Hospital. By removing pressure on the spinal nerves, decompression provides much-needed relief and improves the overall quality of life for our patients. Read more about the life-changing surgeries performed at Nebraska Spine Hospital here.