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What to Expect from a Laminectomy

If your spine surgeon in New Jersey recommends a laminectomy, you probably have many questions about what to expect. This spine surgery is performed to remove the lamina, or the back part of the vertebrae, at the origin point of the pain. If you’re scheduled for a laminectomy, here is what you can expect from the procedure.

Before Surgery

Your orthopedic surgeon will review your surgery with you and give you a list of instructions for the days before your laminectomy. You will need to abstain from eating or drinking after midnight on the day of your surgery. Talk to your doctor about the medications you are taking and how you should take them before surgery. You may need to temporarily discontinue some medications, including aspirin. When you arrive for surgery, the anesthesiologist or surgeon will perform an exam and go over any last minute questions before taking you into the operating room.

During Surgery

You will receive general anesthesia for this procedure, so you will not feel any pain. Your surgeon will remove the targeted portions of the vertebrae and may also perform a spinal fusion. The incision will be stitched, and you will be moved to a post-operative recovery room as the effects of the anesthesia wear off.

After Surgery

Most patients stay in the hospital for one to five days after a laminectomy. You will receive pain medications and may need help walking. When you return home, you will need assistance for a few weeks with everyday activities. You won’t be able to drive until you are off pain medication, which usually takes about two weeks. It can take up to four months to recover completely from a laminectomy.

To find out if a laminectomy is right for you, make an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care. Our spine specialist performs a range of procedures, including minimally invasive spine surgery. To schedule a consultation, please call (887) 854-8274.

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