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Dorsal laminectomy

A dorsal laminectomy is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the cord compression of the lumbar spine (lumbar spinal 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 lumbar disc herniation (also known as a slipped disc).  Other possible causes may include osteoarthritis, spondylosis and spondylolisthesis. 

The typical symptoms described in lumbar disc herniation include pain that may move down the leg, tingling and sensory disturbance of the skin over the leg (paraesthesia) and possible leg or foot weakness.

Depending on the severity, the initial therapy of choice may be conservative which involves an individually prescribed programme of rehabilitation and physiotherapy sessions.  Once our Isokinetic doctor has made the diagnosis and if indicatedthese individually tailored sessions may be prescribed. Our well-trained physiotherapy and rehabilitation specialists will support you throughout your sessions in order for you 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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