Lumbar laminectomy

By Renan Abagat PT

Lumbar Laminectomy

By: Renan Abagat, PT 

Lumbar laminectomy is a surgical procedure done in the lower part of the spine.  It is designed to remove a small portion of the bone of the spine that is pinching a nerve root.   The pain of bulging disc that is pressing on a nerve causing pain, weakness and or tingling in the back and lower extremities.

As a therapist, normally I see patients are required to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days.  Their return to normal activities is dependent on their condition prior to surgery as well as their age. Walking is one of the best things a post laminectomy patient can do barring any complications.  Also, patients will be asked to avoid excessive bending, lifting and twisting until their surgeon releases them to those activities.

Patients will also attend physical therapy to return back to their prior level of function and normal activities.  I have seen that most of these patients do quite well after their surgery.

If you have low back pain or you have been told that you have a lumbar disk issue, please seek out the advice from a JOI Orthopaedic Spine Specialist.  At JOI we can see what the best treatment option may be for you.

To learn more about the anatomy of the spine, please watch this VIDEO. 


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