Spinal Laminectomy

Laminectomy can provide relief for back and leg pain caused by compression of the spinal nerve or spinal cord which has not responded to conservative treatment.  If there are herniated intervertebral disc or bony spurs present, they may also be removed at the same time to remove the source of the compression.  This surgery is also known as decompression surgery because it enlarges the space around spinal canal. 

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Rehab after Back Surgery

It is important to arrange with your physiotherapist or occupational therapist to enrol in a Rehabilitation Program to get you back onto your feet and begin building up your muscle strength and spine mobility to regain your life back on track!

Risks of Back Surgery

After back surgery, it may take between 3 to 12 months to return to your normal daily activities or sports.  However, there may still be residual pain as well as movement restrictions depending on your condition because every person’s condition and requirements is different.  There are also risks associated with any back surgery and they include (but not limited to);

  • Paralysis or numbness
  • Persistent or increased pain
  • Infection
  • Leakage of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF)
  • Blood clots due to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Discuss the treatment options with your Orthopaedic or Spine Surgeon

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