Cervical Laminoplasty Surgery
At Axis Brian & Back Institute, we understand and can help the pain that you are going through. We specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery which is specially constructed to treat spine conditions with a lower infection risk and shorter recovery times than more traditional open back and open neck surgeries. Our patients will attest that we have helped provide solutions after years of chronic pain that took away their ability to perform even basic functions every day.
About Cervical Laminoplasty Surgery
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.
Frequent Symptoms Helped by Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Though herniated discs and degenerative disc disease cause symptoms which can change depending on the severity of the condition, there are some general symptoms that often see relief from this procedure.
– Numbness and tingling – Often, patients are experiencing numbness or tingling in the arm and fingers due to the impacted nerve in the neck. This could be similar to what it feels like to lose circulation to the arm.
– Arm pain – The nerve which is affected by the damaged disc often leads to a shooting pain in one arm. This pain can travel all the way from the shoulder down through the fingers. Often, this is accompanied by a pain in the neck along with the radiating pain the arm.
– Weakness – It is possible that the affected nerve is not able to signal the muscles in the arm the way it normally would, causing a general feeling of weakness.
If you are experiencing chronic neck pain and/or any of the symptoms listed above, contact our team at Axis Brain & Back Institute and get BACK@IT. You don’t have to miss out on life’s greatest moments because of pain. Schedule your free MRI review today!