Typically performed on the cervical (neck) region of the spine, a posterior laminotomy is a procedure conducted to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. Unlike a laminectomy, this is done by removing only a portion of the lamina—the protective bony arch covering of the spinal cord—to relieve neck and arm pain resulting from conditions such as a herniated disc or bone spurs.
During the Procedure
During the posterior laminotomy, back surgeon Dr. LaRocca will make an incision three to four-inches long in the back of the neck and remove a portion of the lamina with aid from a surgical microscope to ensure accuracy. Once the lamina is removed, the bone or tissue causing the compression will be removed.
After the Procedure
Patients may be released from one to two days following the procedure and may be asked to wear a neck brace for a short period of time.