Spinal Cord Decompression Surgery
Neck – Cervical & Lower Back – Lumbar Decompression
Spinal cord decompression surgery is a general term for surgical procedures performed to alleviate pain caused by pinched nerves in the spine. Dr. Jones-Quaidoo removes a small portion of the bone over the nerve root, called lamina, and/or disc material from either the spinal cord itself or from under the nerve root to give the nerve more space.
3 Types of Spinal Decompression
3 common types of spinal decompression procedures are listed below, all of which can be done using minimally invasive techniques:
- Laminotomy/Foraminotomy: Shaving off part of the lamina to create a larger opening to relieve the pinched nerve
- Laminectomy: Complete removal of the lamina
- Discectomy: Removal of part of a disc that is compressing a nerve
These surgeries can be performed independently or can be combined together. For example, a laminotomy may be done together with a discectomy. Your doctor will determine which procedure(s) will give you the most relief.