A Cervical Laminectomy is often performed for cervical spinal stenosis when there is pressure on the spinal cord or nerves compression secondary to spinal stenosis. A three-four inch incision is made on the back of the neck.
this surgery the spinal processes and lamina are removed from the back
of the involved vertebra. The goal of this procedure to create more room
for the spinal cord. Though this surgical procedure can effectively decompress
the spinal cord there is a concern that over time such a procedure can
lead to spinal instability. A Laminectomy surgery is useful in elderly
patients with a normal spinal alignment for decompression of spinal stenosis.
In most cases however is preferable to do a laminoformaminotomy which
involves a decompression thru a small bony window as opposed to complete
removal of the bone.