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Posterior Cervical Laminectomy

A posterior cervical laminectomy is a procedure that removes the lamina – the back side of the spinal canal – to open it up and relieve pressure on the spinal column or remove bone spurs.

Posterior cervical laeminectomies are frequently performed to treat:

  • Compressing discs causing neck pain
  • Deterioration of ligaments
  • Bone spurs causing inflammation and pain

This procedure is done with an incision at the back of the neck, and involves moving muscle, arterial and nerve tissue aside to gain access to the spine. Surgeons then either remove the entire lamina or a portion of it. Most patients who undergo this procedure wear a neck brace to stabilize their spine during healing.


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