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Leminectomy and Decompression

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What is Laminectomy and decompression surgery?

Both laminectomy and decompression surgeries are typically performed to address symptoms of spinal cord or nerve compression that have not responded to conservative treatments such as medication or physical therapy. These procedures aim to improve mobility, reduce pain, and enhance overall quality of life for individuals with spinal conditions causing nerve compression.

A laminectomy and decompression are surgical procedures performed to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord or nerves caused by conditions such as spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or bone spurs. Here’s a brief explanation of each:

Leminectomy and Decompression

Laminectomy:

In a laminectomy, the laminectomy specialist removes a portion of the lamina, which is the bony arch on the back of the vertebrae that forms the roof of the spinal canal. By removing part or all the lamina, the surgeon creates more space within the spinal canal, relieving pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This procedure is often used to treat spinal stenosis, a condition where the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord or nerves.

Decompression:

Decompression refers to the process of relieving pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. This can involve various surgical techniques, including laminectomy, discectomy, or foraminotomy, depending on the underlying cause of the compression. The goal of decompression surgery is to alleviate symptoms such as pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected area by creating more space for the spinal cord and nerves to function properly.

What is minimally invasive laminectomy and decompression?

Minimally invasive laminectomy and decompression are surgical procedures aimed at relieving pressure on the spinal cord or nerves with reduced tissue disruption compared to traditional open surgery. Here’s an overview of these minimally invasive techniques:

  1. Small Incisions: Instead of a large incision, minimally invasive procedures involve one or more small incisions, typically less than an inch long, in the skin overlying the affected area of the spine.
  2. Guided Visualization: Specialized instruments and imaging techniques, such as fluoroscopy or intraoperative navigation, are used to visualize the surgical site with precision. This allows the surgeon to target the specific areas of compression while minimizing damage to surrounding tissues.
  3. Tissue Sparing: Minimally invasive techniques aim to minimize disruption to muscles and soft tissues surrounding the spine. This can result in less blood loss during surgery, reduced post-operative pain, and faster recovery times compared to traditional open surgery.
  4. Lamina Preservation: In minimally invasive laminectomy, the surgeon removes only a small portion of the lamina or uses techniques such as a tubular retractor system to access the spine through a small opening. This preserves more of the natural anatomy of the spine while still providing adequate decompression.
  5. Outpatient or Short Hospital Stay: Minimally invasive laminectomy and decompression procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis or require a shorter hospital stay compared to traditional open surgery. This allows patients to return home sooner and resume their normal activities more quickly.

Minimally invasive laminectomy and decompression offer several potential benefits, including faster recovery, reduced post-operative pain, and smaller scars compared to traditional open surgery. However, not all patients or types of spinal conditions may be suitable for minimally invasive approaches, and the decision on the surgical technique should be made in consultation with a healthcare provider based on the individual’s specific condition and needs.

Our Laminectomy And Decompression Surgeon

Dr. Nisarg Parikh

Dr. Nisarg Parikh

M.B.B.S. & MS in Orthopaedics ( Spine Surgeon and pain specialist )


Dr. Nisarg Parikh completed his M.B.B.S. and MS in Orthopedics from prestigious Smt. N.H.L. Medical college, V.S. Hospital. After working as an assistant professor in department of orthopedics in same institute he started his career in field of Spine Surgery. He completed rigorous spine training from ace spine institutes from India, Italy and Germany. He was awarded AO Spine Fellowship as well.

2019 March marked the beginning of Swasti Spine and Mind Care, his long-cherished dream of holistic Spine Centre.

Till date he has performed more than 5000 successful spine surgeries. He has presented and published several research papers in national and international conferences and won medals for many presentations. He has co-authored chapters in spine textbook and has been invited as faculty in many spine conferences across India.

Currently he holds position of Director and Consultant Spine Surgeon at Swasti Spine and Mind Care, Ahmedabad. At Sheth. L.G. Hospital and Dr. Jivaraj Mehta Hospital he is serving as an honorary spine surgeon.

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