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Cervical laminectomy

A cervical laminectomy is a surgical procedure performed to relieve compression of the cervical spinal cord (stenosis). It is performed under general anesthesia and involves the removal of a portion of the vertebral bone called the lamina. The lamina helps to form the posterior vertebral arch of the spine.

The most frequent cause of spinal cord compression is a cervical disc herniation (also known as a slipped disc).  Other possible causes may include osteoarthritis, spondylosis and spondylolisthesis.

Depending on a patient’s symptoms the initial therapy of choice may be conservative. This involves an individualised rehabilitation programme. Once our Case Manager has made the diagnosis these individually tailored sessions may be prescribed. Our well-trained physiotherapy and rehabilitation specialists will support you throughout your sessions to reach your maximum functional recovery possible.

In cases where physiotherapy and rehabilitative treatment alone cannot guarantee a good recovery, a surgical procedure, for instance a laminectomy may be indicated.  We have a very good working relationship with spinal surgical teams and can request a surgical opinion if the doctor feels this is the best treatment option. Our team at Isokinetic will ensure you are fully informed or your progress.

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