A hemilaminectomy is a less invasive alternative to a full laminectomy. It is used for patients who have spinal stenosis, or tightening around the nerves in the lumbar spine. A small incision is made and special retractors are used to avoid cutting the spinal muscles open. A microscope is used to allow improved visualization. Unlike a laminectomy, most of the bone is preserved, and only a small window of bone is removed to allow access to the spinal canal. Through this window, any material that is pressing on the nerves can be removed, such as thickened ligaments, bone, and disc. The surgery usually takes about an hour and patients can go home the same day.


  • Small incision
  • Faster recovery
  • Less risk
  • Same day surgery

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Once you and your Doctor decide that surgery will help you, you will need to learn what to expect from the surgery and create a treatment plan for the best results afterward.


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