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Lumbar Laminectomy

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Lumbar Laminectomy

A lumbar laminectomy is a surgery performed on the lower back and which removes a bony portion of the spine known as the lamina. The lawyers of Purchase, George and Murphey, P.C. have experience with personal injury cases involving lumbar laminectomies. We can provide information and access to a cool animation of the procedure for people who are contemplating the surgery.

Click on the link for a cool video ANIMATION of a lumbar laminectomy.

Lumbar laminectomy is an operation performed on the lower spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots. The procedure removes a portion of bone from one or more vertebra. This portion of bone is known as the lamina. Laminectomy enlarges your spinal canal, relieving pressure on the spinal cord or nerves caused by narrowing of the spine. The procedure may be performed as part of surgical treatment for a herniated disk.

Your doctor may recommend laminectomy if:

  • Conservative treatment, such as medication or physical therapy, fails to improve your symptoms after 12 weeks.
  • You have muscle weakness or numbness that makes standing or walking difficult.
  • You experience loss of bowel or bladder control.

Laminectomy reportedly reduces symptoms in 60 to 90 percent of people who undergo the procedure due to spinal stenosis. Most have less pain and are better able to walk following laminectomy. You might not notice improvement right away, though. It can take up to six weeks after surgery to start feeling a reduction in your symptoms. If your nerves were badly damaged before surgery, some pain, numbness, and other symptoms may not go away.

Symptoms can come back over time. One study found that approximately 19 percent of people who had laminectomy underwent repeat surgery within 10 years of the initial procedure.

There are many variations of laminectomy. The least-invasive form of laminectomy requires only small skin incisions, with back muscles pushed aside rather than cut and the parts of the vertebra next to the lamina not needing to be removed. The traditional form of laminectomy (conventional laminectomy) cuts away much more than just the lamina: the entire rear portion of the vertebra is removed, along with overlying ligaments and muscles. The usual recovery period is very different, depending on which type of laminectomy has been performed: days in the minimal procedure and weeks to months with conventional open surgery.

The Erie back injury lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. have experience with cases involving lumbar laminectomies. These cases often result from car accidents, truck accidents, or slip and falls. Our primary goal and objective is to make that sure our clients and their families receive the compensation and resources they need to treat and manage their spine injury and to compensate them for their losses.

As skilled Erie injury lawyers who have helped injured clients who required lumbar laminectomies, we understand how to evaluate these cases and know how to help you obtain the funds necessary to pay for your lumbar laminectomy and attendant medical care.

Call Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. today, toll free at 814-273-2010, to schedule a free consultation with an Erie lumbar laminectomy Lawyer.

We will fight for your legal rights to the money and resources you need to fix what can be fixed, help what can be helped, and make up for what cannot be fixed or helped.