1. The Average cost of Laminectomy Surgery in India starts from USD 5000 to USD 9000. It depends on hospital charges and surgeon’s fees.
2. The Stay in the hospitals approx. 4-5 days and total Stay in India approx. 2-3 weeks. depending on how fast the patient is recovering from the Surgery.
3. The Success Rate of Laminectomy surgery in India is about 95-98%. It depends on Surgeon experience.
4. The tests are required before laminectomy surgery, Blood test, X-ray and MRI.
Laminectomy is Surgical procedure that creates space by removing the lamina — the back part of a vertebra that covers your spinal canal. Also known as decompression surgery, laminectomy enlarges your spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
This pressure is because of overgrowths of the backbone within the spinal canal, which can occur in people who have arthritis in their spines. These overgrowths are sometimes referred to as bone spurs, but they’re a normal side effect of the aging process in some people.
Laminectomy is commonly used only when more orthodox treatment – such as medication, physical therapy, injections – have failed to relieve symptoms. Laminectomy may also be recommended if symptoms are severe or worsening dramatically.
Laminectomy Surgery may be done to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves, treat a disk problem, or remove a tumor from the spine. This pressure can cause pain, weakness or numbness. The numbness or weakness will be felt in the body part where the nerve is involved, often the arms or legs.
Because the laminectomy restores spinal canal space but does not cure you of arthritis, it more reliably relieves radiating symptoms from compressed nerves than it does back pain from spinal joints.
May your doctor recommend laminectomy surgery when you have not got any improvement from medicalization, physical therapy, and spine injection, failing to improve your symptoms.
1.You are facing difficulties in walking and standing because of Muscle weakness and numbness.
2.You experience loss of bowel or bladder control
3.In some situations, laminectomy may be necessary as part of surgery to treat a herniated spinal disk. Your surgeon may need to remove part of the lamina to gain access to the damaged disk.
As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. Some possible complications may include:
Nerve or blood vessels in the area of surgery may be injured. This can cause weakness or numbness. The pain may not be reduced by the surgery or may become worse, although this is very rare.
There may be other risks depending on your specific health condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your surgeons before the surgery.
When laminectomy involves one vertebra, it is called single level. When it involves more than one vertebra, it is called multilevel.
The types of laminectomy procedures include:
1. Cervical laminectomy is the removal of lamina in the neck area (cervical spine).
2. Lumbar laminectomy is the removal of lamina in the lower back (lumbar spine).
3. Sacral laminectomy is the removal of lamina in the back between your pelvic, or hip bones (sacral spine).
4. Thoracic laminectomy is the removal of lamina in the middle part of the back (thoracic spine).
To diagnose the spinal stenosis the doctor will discuss the medical history and conduct a physical examination. Several imaging tests are also required to detect the underlying cause.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – An MRI of spine detects the damaged disks and ligaments and tumours. It remarkably shows the nerve compression areas in the spinal cord.
X-rays – X-ray of spine back and neck is usually performed to diagnose the possible cause of neck pain, disk degeneration, spondylitis tumours, and abnormal spine curvature.
Computerized tomography (CT) – The CT test generates images taken at different angles to produce cross-sectional and detailed images which define the spinal cord and nerves bone out growths, tumours and herniated discs.
Your Surgeon will explain the surgery to you and if you have any question or doubt you can ask your surgeons.
You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your permission to do the surgery.
Your doctor will do a physical exam to make sure that you are in good health before undergoing the procedure. You may have blood tests or other diagnostic tests.
Inform your doctor if your are sensitive or allergy from any medicine, latex, tape and anesthesia medicines
Inform your doctor about your medical history, prescribed medicine and herbal supplements that you are taking, Like you are taking any blood-thinning (anticoagulant) medicines, aspirin, or other medicines that affect blood clotting.
If you are pregnant or think you could be, inform your surgeons.
Ensure that you do not have anything to eat and drink after midnight the night before your surgery.
A laminectomy generally requires a stay in a hospital. Procedures may vary depending on your condition and your surgeon’s experience.
A laminectomy may be done while you are asleep under general anesthesia. Or it may be done while you are awake under spinal anesthesia. If spinal anesthesia is used, you will have no feeling from your waist down. Newer techniques are being developed that may allow a laminectomy to be done under local anesthesia as an outpatient. Your doctor will discuss this with you before the procedure.
Generally, a laminectomy follows this process:
After Surgery, you will stay in the recovery room until you are alert, breathing effectively, and your vital signs are stable. You may have a sore throat if a tube was placed in your windpipe during surgery. This is usually temporary, but tell your care team if you are uncomfortable.
Laminectomy may be an outpatient procedure in which you go home the same day. However, you may need to stay in the hospital for up to four days if you have both a laminectomy and spinal fusion.
Recovery time varies depending on the specific surgical approach, type of anesthesia, your general health, age, and other factors. your doctor most likely recommend you physical therapy to help you recovery faster. Average full recovery times range from 4 to 6 weeks and some people require even more time.
Most people report measurable improvement in their symptoms after laminectomy, particularly a decrease in pain that radiates down the leg or arm. But this benefit may lessen over time if you have a particularly aggressive form of arthritis. Laminectomy is less likely to improve pain in the back itself.
Q. What is the success rate of a laminectomy?
A. The success rate of a lumbar laminectomy to alleviate leg pain from spinal stenosis is generally favorable. Research suggests: 85% to 90% of lumbar central spinal stenosis patients find relief from leg pain after an open laminectomy surgery.
Q. Is a laminectomy a major surgery?
A. Laminectomy is a common but major surgery with significant risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options available. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having a laminectomy. When laminectomy involves one vertebra, it is called single level.
Q. How long does a laminectomy take?
A. A standard lumbar laminectomy usually takes in the region of four to six hours, depending on the complexity of your case.
Q. What are the restrictions after a laminectomy?
A. You’ll need to limit your activities that include bending, stooping, or lifting for several weeks after your laminectomy. You’ll also need to keep the incision site clean and dry. Ask your doctor for instructions on showering and bathing. Your doctor will remove your stitches or staples after about two weeks.