Lumbar Laminectomy/Discectomy

A lumbar laminectomy/discectomy is a lower spinal operation performed to relieve pressure on nerve roots. When a disc in your lumbar spine ruptures, pressure on the nerve can cause pain. To relieve the pain, a lumbar laminectomy/discectomy is sometimes performed.

What to Expect

The surgery is conducted while you are asleep or with an injection of numbing medication. The surgeon will access your spine through a small incision on the lower back and spread the muscles of the spine to expose the nerve root by removing a bony cover. If necessary, a piece of the disc in the spine will then be removed to release pressure on the nerve root.

By the end of your first day after surgery, you will normally be up and walking in the hospital.

Once home, you should feel comfortable with pain medication.

Your surgeon will have a specific post-operative recovery/exercise plan to help you return to normal life as soon as possible. The amount of time you stay in the hospital will depend on this treatment plan.