Approach: This procedure is done to relieve pressure on the lower spinal cord. An incision is made in the lower back and the skin, muscles, and tissue are gently moved away from the back of the spinal column, thus exposing the affected area of the spine.
Decompression: The lamina around the affected area are cut and removed, freeing up space for the spinal cord and nerve roots. This serves to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord.
- Stabilization: Following removal of the lamina, additional stabilization of the spine may be necessary. If this is the case, a bone graft and instrumentation will be inserted at the affected level to fuse the vertebrae together and stabilize the spinal column.
After surgery, patients will remain in the hospital for one day. Most patients are able to return to all activities within a few weeks. A postoperative rehabilitation program is usually prescribed to guide return to activities and normal life.