A laminectomy is a surgical procedure to remove bone spurs, or enlarged bone structures, that have formed in the spinal canal. The bony overgrowths, which usually result from arthritis or aging, can cause pain, pressure, numbness and weakness in the arms, legs and back.

Laminectomy may be done along with a diskectomy, foraminotomy, and spinal fusion.

This surgery may be needed if you have pain or numbness in one or both legs, have weakness or heaviness in your buttocks or legs, or your symptoms interfere with daily life.

Laminectomy: What to Expect

Before Surgery

Before your procedure you will have imaging tests done to confirm your diagnosis.

Be sure to prepare your home for when you return from the hospital to help ease your recovery. You will probably have an appointment at the preoperative assessment clinic.

During Surgery

Our physicians use a minimally-invasive technique, making a small incision in the back to remove vertebrae or bone spurs that are compressing nerves.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes 1 to 3 hours.

After Surgery

Most patients go home after 1 to 3 days. You will likely be encouraged to get up and walk as soon as the anesthesia wears off to aid in your recovery.

Your provider will give you instructions for how to care for your back in the days and weeks following surgery.