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Cervical Laminectomy and Foraminotomy

Spinal stenosis can be a challenging condition to live with. As it progresses, symptoms can become severe and chronic, causing a negative impact on your quality of life. However, there are multiple treatments available to alleviate symptoms. Two procedures we offer at Yashar Neurosurgery are cervical laminectomy and foraminotomy.

Dr. Yashar is one of the top spine surgeons in Los Angeles, and he has already helped countless patients achieve a more comfortable life. If you are living with the results of degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc, don’t hesitate to call. You deserve to live your life to the fullest uninhibited by spinal problems. Call us today to learn more about treatment options, including cervical laminectomy and foraminotomy, and what we can do for you.

What Are Cervical Laminectomy and Foraminotomy?

Both these surgeries are types of spinal decompression surgery. These types of procedures can help you if you are suffering from spinal stenosis. Though both of these target the neck, the surgery that is best for you will depend on your unique needs.

Cervical Laminectomy

Cervical Laminectomy procedure removes the entire bony roof of the spinal canal, called the lamina. Typically, this procedure is performed to:
  • Treat pressure on the spinal cord
  • Relieve pressure on multiple spinal cords
  • Address instability in the spine of the neck area

Cervical Foraminotomy

Cervical Foraminotomy procedure differs in that it only removes a portion of the bone and joint over the spinal nerve. In some cases, it also removes tissue that contributes to compression. Usually, this procedure is selected when the associated symptoms affect mostly one or both arms instead of the neck.

Are These Procedures Right For Me?

In most cases, we start patients with non-operative treatments. While surgery can provide powerful results, it still carries risks. That is why we first work with patients to find non-surgical means of treatment. 111
However, we also understand that every case is unique. We evaluate every aspect of your condition to develop a treatment plan that has the highest likelihood of success. In some cases, surgery may prove to be the best option for treatment right away.
If other treatments have proven unsuccessful or your symptoms are severe, we can consider surgery as a first treatment option. During your consultation, Dr. Yashar will go over your treatment options and work with you to decide the best path of action.
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What Are the Benefits of These Procedures?

Though the two procedures are different in their details, the overall goal is the same. Both cervical laminectomy and foraminotomy seek to:
  • Provide relief from pain
  • Reduce the amount of medicine you need to take
  • Prevent further spinal deterioration
  • Stabilize the spine and protect the spinal cord from damage
  • Relief from compression on spinal cord and nerves
When performed by an experienced expert, the amount of risk is decreased and the chances of success are much higher. Dr. Yashar has worked with countless patients to provide relief from their symptoms and treat their spinal conditions.

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Cervical Laminectomy Recovery and Results

While you may notice an immediate improvement in your symptoms, it can take some time to see full results. First, you will notice a decrease in pain. Then you should see weakness improve, though results can vary. This typically occurs over a span of weeks to months. Numbness usually is the last symptom to improve, sometimes taking up to twelve months.
After the surgery, most patients will remain in the hospital for 1-3 days to be monitored. You will be provided with a full list of instructions to enhance your recovery and improve your results.

Cervical Foraminotomy Recovery and Results

The timeline for recovery and your results for a foraminotomy is the same as with a laminectomy. Likewise, you will stay in the hospital for 1-3 days after your surgery.
Every step of the way, Dr. Yashar ensures that you are kept fully informed. If you have any questions at any point in your recovery, we are here for you. Call us if you develop any additional symptoms or have any concerns.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you are suffering from cervical spinal stenosis, you do not need to continue living in pain. Having a laminectomy or foraminotomy could be the way out. Take the next step in achieving a life that you deserve by scheduling a consultation today. Dr. Yashar and his staff work closely with each patient to find the right solution for you. We look at your previous surgeries and current condition, and evaluate what is the best path forward for you.
We look forward to working with you and helping you move toward a life of comfort and pain-free existence. Call us today to learn more about the treatments and procedures we offer. Fight back against spinal stenosis and achieve a better state of being through cervical laminectomy or foraminotomy.