Each vertebra in the spine has a lamina on the back of the spine that aide in protecting the spinal cord. Often when the spinal column deteriorates from age, disease, or injury, it narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves. This pressure on the spinal cord can cause pain, weakness, numbness and incoordination. A cervical laminoplasty is performed to make more room and release pressure off of the spinal cord. In this procedure, the surgeon cuts the lamina on both sides to create a "hinge" and the lamina is elevated on the open side to create space for the spinal cord. The lamina is held open using a spacer, which is called an "open-door" laminoplasty. After surgery, patients can usually walk the same day and return to normal activities after several weeks and with proper care of the wound.
To learn more about how a cervical laminoplasty might help relieve your pain, please contact any of our Triangle office locations. Our specialists at Triangle Orthopaedics offer excellent spinal care.
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