Patients with spinal stenosis often have nerve pressure and pain that can develop from a narrowing of the spinal canal. The spinal canal can narrow from aging or from deformities such as bone spurs.
Patients suffering pain from spinal stenosis can often find relief through a procedure called a laminectomy.
During a laminectomy, a small section of bone that covers the back of the spinal cord, called the lamina, is removed from the spine to relieve pressure and compression. If bone spurs are present, they are removed as well. In some cases, the remaining bones need to be fused together for stability. Titanium metal rods and screws are attached to each side of the spine to hold the bones in place. The bones eventually fuse together. The surgery is conducted under general anesthesia.
Recovery time for a laminectomy without fusion is usually a few weeks. If fusion is involved, recovery can stretch to 2-4 months.