Lumbar hemilaminotomy/foraminotomy

When a lumbar disc in the spine is herniated or damaged, either through trauma or degeneration, it often puts pressure on spinal nerves and causes significant pain and loss of function. The laminae appear as shingles on the back of the spine providing protection to the spinal nerves. To decompress the spine, a hemilaminectomy can be performed. In this procedure, the surgeon only removes part of the lamina on the side that needs to be decompressed, preserving its basic structure. A foraminotomy is another procedure that takes pressure off the spinal nerves. In a formaninotomy, the surgeon removes material that is blocking the passageway where the spinal nerves go through the spinal canal. This widens the area and decompresses the spinal nerves, alleviating pain. Both of these procedures can help patients who suffer from spinal nerve compression which can cause pain, weakness and numbness.

To learn more about spinal nerve decompression and the treatment options available for you here at Triangle Orthopaedics, please contact our office. You will be one step closer to pain relief.

Below are the most common surgeries performed by our spine center specialists:

Lumbar Spine (Lower Back)

Neck (Cervical Spine)

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