A minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy involves removing a portion of the lamina; a thin piece of bone located at the back of each vertebral body that covers and protects the spinal canal. A micro-laminectomy may include removing bony overgrowths (ie, osteophytes) and ligament tissue compressing spinal nerves at one or more levels of the spine.
A minimally invasive low back laminectomy is more targeted and removes only the portion of the lamina causing compression. Therefore, the majority of the lamina can be spared.
Conditions Treated Using Minimally Invasive Lumbar Laminectomy
Your surgeon may recommend a minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy if you have been diagnosed with spinal conditions that cause both low back and leg pain:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar herniated disc
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Lumbar synovial cyst