Procedures We Perform
Managing all aspects of the spine, NJNBI offers an array of surgical options including:
ACDF is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for relieving pressure on the nerve roots that causes pain, numbness or tingling in the neck and arm.
ALIF is a surgical procedure performed to fuse vertebrae in the spine together to provide stability.
The cervical spine is comprised of seven vertebrae that begin at the base of the skull and connect to the top of the thoracic spine in the shoulder region.
A cervical laminectomy is a procedure that relieves painful pressure on the spinal cord in patients with spinal stenosis.
A laminoplasty is a surgical procedure for creating more space in the spinal canal.
Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is a procedure that accesses the spine from incisions created on the side of the body.
The lumbar spine is the lower portion of the back that curves inward toward the abdomen.
Lumbar decompression surgery treats spinal stenosis, a condition in which the spinal nerve roots are compressed by degenerated portions of the lumbar spine.
Lumbar Fusion is a procedure where the vertebrae in the lower back are surgically joined together, minimizing any movement of the vertebrae themselves.
A laminectomy, also known as a decompression surgery, is a surgical procedure that relieves pressure on the spinal nerves or cord.
A lumbar microdiscectomy is where an incision is made on the disc herniation to remove the portion creating pressure on the nerve roots.
A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure conducted to relieve nerve impingement (pinched nerves) and allow the nerves to heal.
Minimally invasive spine surgery is a procedure using specialized techniques and instruments allowing Dr. LaRocca to operate with few effects on the body.
Spinal fusion is a surgery performed to permanently connect two or more vertebrae in the spine together for stability, eliminating motion.
A posterior laminotomy is a procedure typically performed on the cervical (neck) region of the spine for relieving pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
Posterior lumbar interbody fusion is a procedure performed to fuse the vertebrae in the lumbar region of the spine together for stability.
Scoliosis fusion surgery is a procedure for correcting the curvature of the spine resulting from disc degeneration of the spine.
The thoracic spine refers to the upper and middle sections of the back. Learn about Dr. LaRocca’s advanced procedures to treat the thoracic spine here.
What is a Cervical Laminectomy?
A cervical laminectomy is a procedure that relieves painful pressure on the spinal cord in patients with spinal stenosis. In order to reduce the spinal pressure, a surgeon will carefully remove a small section of bone in the back of the neck (called the lamina). The removal of the lamina opens up more space and enlarges an individual’s spinal canal. As a result, the pressure on an individual’s spinal nerves is returned to normalcy, ultimately decreasing pain and discomfort.
The term “cervical laminectomy” refers to the fact that this procedure is performed on the cervical spine, which is in the neck.
Who is a Candidate for Cervical Laminectomy?
Cervical laminectomy is used to treat patients with spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the open spaces within the spinal canal become narrower, increasing the pressure on the spinal cord. Spine problems like herniated (slipped) discs, injuries, wear-and-tear on the spine, or thickened ligaments are all potential causes of spinal stenosis. Compression of the spinal nerves commonly lead to bowel and bladder complications, disruptions in the way you walk, and deficiencies with fine motor skills in one’s hands.
Whether cervical laminectomy is the right procedure for you depends on your unique situation. It’s best to meet with a specialist to discuss your spine surgery options.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Cervical laminectomy is performed under general anesthesia and with the patient positioned face down. The surgeon begins by making a small incision (about 3 inches) in the middle of the back of the neck. This incision allows full access to the lamina. The surgeon then uses a high-speed burr to remove a rectangular section of bone from the back of the neck cleanly and with a high degree of precision. Once the bone is removed, the spinal canal is immediately opened up and the pressure on the spinal nerves is reduced.
What Is The Recovery Process Like?
Patients are usually able to get up and walk around one to two hours after their spine surgery. That said, most patients are kept in the hospital for about one to two days so that the surgeon can monitor their recovery.
Upon leaving, most patients will be given a neck collar to keep their neck correctly positioned and supported. They will be unable to drive for 1-2 weeks post-surgery, though every patient is different and recovery time may depend.
Some surgeons will recommend outpatient physical therapy for about four weeks post-surgery for individuals who show muscle weakness. Light work (like gardening) can generally be started four weeks after spinal surgery while intense physical activity can be resumed after two to three months.
Experts in Cervical Laminectomy
At the New Jersey Neck and Back Institute, we are committed to fully understanding your neck and back complications, providing you with a thorough plan of action, and putting you in a place where you will be pain-free for the rest of your life. Dr. Sandro LaRocca, our leading physician and orthopedic surgeon, makes it a priority to listen and discuss the patient’s history and symptoms to ensure that a proper evaluation is given.
Our main goal is providing our clients with superior medical services and procedures to ensure their neck and back conditions are manageable and allow them to live a pain-free life.