This procedure relieves pressure on the nerve roots in the spine. It is most commonly performed to relieve the pain of stenosis. This is a narrowing of the spinal canal that is often caused by the formation of bony growths that can press against the nerve roots. The surgeon may treat one or more vertebrae.


Cervical or Lumbar Laminectomy is a surgical procedure that creates space by removing the lamina; the back part of the vertebra that covers your spinal canal. Also known as decompression surgery, laminectomy enlarges your spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.

Laminectomy is typically performed to alleviate pain from lumbar spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is caused by degenerative changes that lead to enlargement of the facet joints in the back of the vertebrae. The enlarged joints and related degenerative changes place pressure on the nerve roots as they exit the spine.


Patients can usually get out of bed within an hour or two after surgery.  If not, you will be instructed to move your neck only carefully and comfortably, Most patients leave the hospital the day after surgery and are safe to drive within a week or two.  Consult one of our spine specialists to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.