The Cervical Laminectomy Procedure
In some cases of severe stenosis or spinal cord compression a posterior approach is used to remove the roof of the spinal canal or laminectomy. This is done to relieve the pain of the arms and legs associated with fatigue, weakness, clumsiness, and poor walking gait symptoms. All of these symptoms may be caused by spinal cord compression. The surgery is to remove the posterior lamina over the affected disc level or levels. It most often is used in multiple level cases. By removing the roof or posterior lamina the spinal cord is decompressed and should allow the return of normal function.