Laminoplasty

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute’s spine surgeons are some of the only providers in the Washington, D.C. area to offer this advanced procedure. Our fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeons are experts at diagnosing and treating spinal stenosis and they have the expertise required to successfully perform laminoplasty.

What is laminoplasty?

Laminoplasty is a procedure used to take the pressure caused by spinal stenosis off your spinal cord. Unlike other treatments for spinal stenosis, laminoplasty does not limit your ability to turn and move your neck following surgery. This is because there is no fusion required during laminoplasty surgery.

Why is laminoplasty performed?

In the past, patients with cervical spinal stenosis required more extensive surgeries that would require multiple levels of the neck to be fused. Now, our leading surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute can treat spinal stenosis while preserving your range of motion.

What does laminoplasty involve?

Cervical Laminoplasty

Cervical laminoplasty is a procedure performed on the vertebrae of the neck where an opening is created in the vertebrae so that the lamina is no longer putting pressure on the spinal canal.

What does laminoplasty recovery involve?

Most patients will spend one or two days in the hospital recovering from surgery. A soft surgical collar is sometimes used to support the neck, and pain medication can help alleviate pain from the surgery. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain-relievers are not recommended for use after surgery because they may cause bleeding and interfere with bone healing.

Walking is an important part of the recovery process. However, more vigorous activity should be avoided until approved by your surgeon. Physical therapy can be used to strengthen the muscles. Nerve function typically improves over the course of several months. Cervical laminoplasty is generally successful in relieving the pain and weakness associated with spinal cord compression.

What are the benefits of undergoing laminoplasty?

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after having cervical or lumbar laminoplasty:

  • Preserved range of motion
  • Ability to return to normal activities
  • Improvement or resolution of spinal cord compression symptoms such as weakness and clumsiness

 

If you believe you may need laminoplasty, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of neck and back conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive spine care in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Our Specialists

Neck & Spine


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Fred Fei Mo, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Spine Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

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