Cervical Laminoplasty Surgery Information
The cervical laminoplasty surgical procedure relieves the painful pressure of spinal stenosis by creating more space for the spinal cord and nerve roots.
To complete the procedure, the surgeon creates an incision on the back of the neck to access the cervical spine. Cutting the Vertebra On one side of the spine, the surgeon scores each lamina – the bony area that covers the spinal cord – to create a vertical groove.
On the other side, the surgeon carefully cuts through each lamina to create space in the spinal canal. The grooves act as hinges, allowing the vertebrae to open like a door and relieves the pressure from the spinal cord and nerve roots.
The surgeon examines the spinal canal and removes any bone spurs or other sources of compression.
The surgeon then inserts small wedges of bone graft material to hold the bone open. Screws and metal implants secure the vertebrae and the bone wedges.
The incision is closed and bandaged, and drains may be placed in the wound to prevent fluid buildup. A soft cervical collar may be used and physical therapy may be needed as part of the recovery.