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Laminectomy

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Laminectomy surgery is a type of procedure in which the vertebral bone’s lamina is removed, thus creating more space for the spinal canal. The procedure is also known as decompression surgery, as the lamina’s removal relives pressure from the spinal nerves or spinal cord.

Laminectomy surgery is usually performed on patients suffering from arthritis in the spine region, which can lead to uncontrolled bone growth around the spinal canal. As the bones continue to grow, the spinal canal becomes narrower and pressure is put on the spinal cord and nerves. This condition called spinal stenosis, can lead to numbness around the arms or legs, weakness and radiating pain.

Although laminectomy surgery is considered a safe and reliable procedure which provides stable results, it is only performed when other less invasive types of treatments such as physical therapy or injections have failed. It can also be performed if the patient’s symptoms are very severe or as part of herniated spinal disk surgery.

Laminectomy Candidates

Laminectomy surgery is recommended for patients suffering from painful spinal stenosis caused by large bone spurs which can compress the spinal nerves.

The procedure is only performed when other treatment options failed to relieve the symptoms. Other symptoms besides pain can include muscular weakness which makes it difficult to walk and loss of bladder or bowel control. Most patients turn to laminectomy surgery when 3 or more vertebrae are affected by spinal stenosis.

Am I Suitable for Laminectomy?

Contraindications for laminectomy surgery include:

● Kyphosis
● Age under 18

Preparing for Laminectomy

The patient must be first examined by an orthopaedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon before undergoing laminectomy surgery. X-rays and MRIs will also be necessary in order to see which vertebrae are affected. Patients will need to avoid aspirin and anti inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen for at least 2 weeks before the laminectomy surgery is set to begin.

How is Laminectomy Performed?

General anaesthesia is used for this procedure. Intravenous antibiotics are also administered to the patient. The procedure is performed with the patient in the prone position, on a special operating table. Once the anaesthesia kicks in, the operation area is cleaned with a special solution. An incision is created longitudinally, directly over the affected vertebrae. Retractors are used in order to provide the surgeon with a better view of the affected areas and the bone spurs removal process begins. The adjacent areas are also investigated and any other present bone spurs are carefully removed. The incision is then closed with sutures and a sterile bandage is applied around the area. The laminectomy recovery period can begin.

Laminectomy Summary

Anesthesia

General anesthetic

Back to Sports

2 months

Back to Work

3 - 4 weeks

Laminectomy Recovery

Patients usually return home in around 4-5 days after the laminectomy surgery. Patients should avoid lifting heavy objects and bending at the waist for at least 3-4 weeks after the operation. A physical therapist will provide the patient with guidelines regarding the laminectomy recovery period. Showering is allowed immediately after the procedure but baths are not recommended for at least 2-3 weeks - water should not come into contact with the incision site. Pain is to be expected after this procedure – patients are provided with painkillers during the laminectomy recovery period. Most patients can return to light work and activities in around 3-4 weeks after laminectomy surgery.

Laminectomy Risks and Complications

Laminectomy complications can include:

● Nerve injury
● Spinal fluid leak
● Blood clots
● Infection
● Bleeding

Laminectomy Side Effects

Patients can expect several side effects after the procedure, including:

● Considerable pain
● Restricted movement
● Swelling around the incision area

Laminectomy Success Rates

Laminectomy surgery success rates are around 90% and between 81 and 95% of patients report rapid improvement of symptoms after the operation.

Before and After Laminectomy

Most patients may still have to deal with recurring pain after laminectomy surgery. The body needs ample time to heal properly but most patients recover normal functions in less than a year from the procedure.

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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Erdem Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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KCM Clinic

Jelenia Góra, Poland
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FROM€ 1,200
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Medical Park Bahcelievler Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
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Acibadem Bodrum Hospital

Muğla, Turkey
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Ethica Incirli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
14 reviews
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FROM€ 2,897
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Medical Park Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
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Acibadem Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
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Raffles Hospital Singapore

SINGAPORE, Singapore
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Carolina Medical Center

Warsaw, Poland
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FROM€ 4,800
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Laminectomy Cost

Average Laminectomy costs are € 2,974, based on Laminectomy prices from 13 clinics. Cheapest Laminectomy cost is € 1,200 where Laminectomy prices can go up to € 4,800.

Laminectomy prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Laminectomy in Turkey is a popular option where Laminectomy costs as low as € 2,897. You can also find Laminectomy clinics in Poland starting from € 1,200.

Please note that the Laminectomy prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Laminectomy procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Laminectomy procedures. To receive a personalized Laminectomy quote, please click HERE.

Laminectomy FAQ

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When can I return to sports after laminectomy surgery?

Patients can usually return to sports, exercise or heavy work in around 8 weeks after the laminectomy surgery. Keep in mind that physical therapy is necessary during this period in order to ensure proper recovery.

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Laminotomy vs. Laminectomy – what is the difference?

Both are spinal decompression procedures. Laminectomy surgery is a procedure in which the lamina is completely removed while with a laminotomy procedure only a part of the lamina is removed.

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What are the different types of laminectomy surgery?

The most common types of laminectomy surgery are cervical laminectomy and lumbar laminectomy, with the latter being considered less invasive.