A minimally invasive laminectomy is a surgical procedure that may be necessary if you haven’t found sufficient relief from more conservative treatments. This procedure is intended to take the pressure off nerve roots that are causing pain or neurological symptoms. To find out if minimally invasive laminectomy is a good option for you, get in touch with Dr. Branko Skovrlj, founder of NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute in Edison, NJ. You can count on Dr. Skovrlj to find the best way to relieve your back or neck pain by using state-of-the art-technology and advanced surgical treatment techniques. Call NU-Spine today.
What Is Minimally Invasive Laminectomy?
Minimally invasive laminectomy is a form of decompression surgery that’s done to relieve symptoms caused by compression on your spine or nerve roots. This minimally invasive spine surgery has the same goal as traditional open laminectomy surgery, a procedure that’s done to remove the lamina, part of the vertebral bone.
At NU-Spine in Edison, New Jersey, Dr. Branko Skovrlj is one of only a handful of neurosurgeons who focuses his expertise on the treatment of complex spine procedures. He uses advanced surgical techniques and technology to provide you with evidence-based spinal treatments focusing on long-term successful outcomes. Whenever possible, he prefers to provide you with the safest and quickest treatment that’s available.
Why Do I Need a Laminectomy?
Your spine surgeon may recommend minimally invasive laminectomy if you’re experiencing symptoms that haven’t responded to conservative forms of treatment for back pain, including:
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Worsening numbness or weakness
- Unrelieved pain that’s impacting your quality of life
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Pain that radiates down one or both legs
Minimally invasive laminectomy is done to treat conditions related to pressure on the spinal cord. The procedure relieves lower back pain, middle back pain and neck pain when you suffer from conditions that include:
- A herniated disc in your lower back, mid-back or neck area
- A compressed nerve in your neck, middle back or lower back
- Spinal stenosis in your neck or your lower back
What Are the Benefits of Laminectomy Minimally Invasive Surgery?
You may be uneasy at the thought of having spine surgery because of the possible risks involved or the long recovery period. Compared to traditional open surgery, however, minimally invasive surgery has several benefits, including:
- Smaller incisions
- Reduced chance of infection
- Reduced risk of muscle or soft-tissue damage
- Shorter recovery period
- Less post-operative pain
The goal of minimally invasive laminectomy surgery is to provide pain relief as quickly as possible. It’s also much less traumatic to your body than open surgery. At NU-Spine, Dr. Skovrlj uses minimally invasive treatment methods whenever possible.
How Is Minimally Invasive Laminectomy Surgery Performed?
Minimally invasive laminectomy surgery may be performed on an outpatient basis. The steps of this procedure follow a pattern, such as:
- Your neurosurgeon numbs the area with a local anesthetic. You may be given a sedative to help you feel calm.
- Your doctor makes a small incision near the area that needs to be treated.
- Muscles and ligaments are pushed aside rather than being cut.
- Instruments, including a tiny camera and light, are inserted through the small incision.
- Your surgeon uses computer instruments to guide the surgical tools to the correct vertebra.
- All or part of the lamina is removed, as needed.
- When repairs are complete, your spine doctor removes the instruments, stitches the incision closed and covers the area with a bandage.
The specific steps needed for your condition may vary. If all or part of an adjacent intervertebral disc is also removed, the procedure is called a minimally invasive laminotomy ACDF discectomy. If your spine needs to be stabilized using spinal fusion after the lamina is removed, it’s called minimally invasive laminectomy and fusion.
What Can I Expect After Minimally Invasive Laminectomy Surgery?
Minimally invasive laminectomy surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you should be able to go home the same day. You may notice pain relief right away. Follow your doctor’s post-op instructions, which may include avoiding certain activities for a short period of time, such as:
- Strenuous exercise
- Pushing or pulling heavy objects
- Lifting and bending
Physical therapy may be recommended to help to improve your strength and flexibility more quickly while reducing any post-operative pain. Let your doctor know if your pain increases or if you experience swelling, bleeding or any other symptoms that cause you to feel concerned.
Where Can I Find the Best Minimally Invasive Laminectomy?
When you have back pain that’s persistent or even disabling, conservative treatments don’t always work long-term. You need an expert in the field of spine surgery. In Edison, NJ, the best spine specialist is Dr. Skovrlj at NU-Spine. He’s devoted his career to helping people like you get relief from chronic back pain.
Dr. Skovrlj is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery for a full range of spine disorders. Get in touch with NU-Spine today and get back to an active and pain-free life as soon as possible.Page Updated on Jul 9, 2021 by Dr. Branko Skovrlj (Neurosurgeon / Spine surgeon) of NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute in New Jersey