What Is Cervical Laminoplasty?

Cervical laminoplasty is a cervical spine surgery, during which a spine surgeon reshapes or repositions vertebral bone in an attempt to relieve pressure on the nerves of the cervical spine, or the neck. This pressure can be caused by a number of different issues, including arthritis, bone spurs, bone degeneration, herniated discs, cancer, and trauma. If spinal pressure becomes severe enough, a spine surgeon may recommend a laminoplasty in Los Angeles to relieve the pressure and reverse the symptoms.

Who Can Benefit?
Pressure on the spinal cord can be caused by a gradual narrowing of the spinal canal, known as spinal stenosis, as a result of joint and disc degeneration. It is also possible for bone spurs to form in the spinal canal. The pressure caused by this narrowing results in symptoms such as neck pain, numbness, and tingling that may radiate into the shoulders, Laminoplasty in Los Angeles arms, and hands. It can also cause muscle weakness in the neck and upper extremities, and bowel or bladder problems. Spine surgeons generally recommend cervical spine surgery when spinal stenosis is severe enough that the symptoms prevent you from living your life normally.

How Is It Performed?
If you have a cervical laminoplasty, your spine surgeon will sedate you with general anesthesia. The spine surgeon will create a hinge in your cervical vertebrae by cutting a groove along the side. He will then remove the tips of your spinous processes, allowing the bones to open like a door. This will remove pressure from the spinal cord and nerves. Then, he will remove any other compression sources, such as bone spurs, ligaments, or disc tissues. The bones will then be secured in the “open” position using small bone wedges.

What Is the Recovery Time?
After a cervical laminoplasty, your spine surgeon will create a rehabilitation routine for you that may include physical therapy. Some symptoms will disappear right away, and others will gradually diminish. You may stay in the hospital for some time post-surgery, or your spine surgery may be an outpatient procedure. You should be out of bed and walking by 24 hours post-surgery.