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A laminaplasty is an inpatient surgical procedure.  Laminaplasty opens the lamina to relieve symptoms by releasing pressure on the spinal cord and modifies the lamina so that there is still a protective covering at the back of the spinal cord.  There is more than one method of performing laminaplasty.  Your doctor will let you know which laminaplasty method is most appropriate for you.

One method of laminaplasty uses a complete incision on one side of the lamina and a partial incision on the other side to create a “hinged door.”  Another method of laminaplasty is referred to as the “French Door Method.”  This surgery uses a complete incision through the middle of the lamina and partial incisions on each side to create two “doors” that open in the middle.  The spinous process projections are removed to allow room for the doors to open.  The opened door relieves pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.  Pieces of bone or surgical hardware are placed to allow the “doors” to remain open, and at the same time, creates a protective roof that covers the back of the spinal cord.  When the procedure is complete, the incision is closed and bandaged.

People typically remain in the hospital for a few days following laminaplasty. Participating in physical therapy  will help you gain neck strength and flexibility.  Your symptoms may improve immediately or over time.  For some people function returns following laminaplasty and allows them to resume their favorite activities.  For people with significant nerve damage, although function may not return, a laminaplasty can help keep their condition from progressing.

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