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William M Dotson, DDS
(907) 563-2828
3401 Denali St Ste 203
Anchorage, AK
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Upshur M Spencer
(907) 563-3145
3260 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Jeffrey Carl Parker
(907) 729-3971
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Upshur Moorhead Spencer, MD
(907) 563-3145
3260 Providence Dr Ste 200
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1996

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Dr.John Duddy
(907) 278-8141
2741 Debarr Rd # C305
Anchorage, AK
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M
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1993
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Bradley David Smith, MD
(907) 729-1611
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1993

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DeClan R Nolan
(907) 563-3145
3260 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John D Frost
(907) 563-7072
4100 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 302
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Leslie P Dean
(907) 563-3145
3260 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Richard William Garner, MD
907-563-3145 x123
AFOC 3260 Providence Dr Ste 200
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Alaska Reg Hosp, Anchorage, Ak; Providence Alaska Med Ctr, Anchorage, Ak; Providence Seward Med Ctr, Seward, Ak
Group Practice: Anchorage Fracture Clinic

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Cervical Laminectomy

A Patient's Guide to Cervical Laminectomy

Introduction

A laminectomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal cord due to spinal stenosis. In spinal stenosis, bone spurs press against the spinal cord, leading to a condition called myelopathy. Myelopathy can produce problems with the bowels and bladder, disruptions in the way you walk, and impairments with fine motor skills in the hands. In a laminectomy, a small section of bone covering the back of the spinal cord is removed. Lamina refers to the roof of bone over the back of the spinal cord, and ectomy means the medical procedure for removing a section of the bony roof to take pressure off the spinal cord.

This guide will help you understand

  • why the procedure becomes necessary
  • what surgeons hope to achieve
  • what to expect during your recovery

Anatomy

What parts of the neck are involved?

Surgeons perform this procedure through the back of the neck. This is known as the posterior neck region. It includes the parts that make up the bony ring around the spinal cord (the pedicles and laminae.)

Related Document: A Patient's Guide to Cervical Spine Anatomy

Rationale

What do surgeons hope to achieve?

View animation of disc collapse

A laminectomy can alleviate the symptoms of spinal stenosis, a condition that causes the spinal cord to become compressed inside the spinal canal. Wear and tear on the spine from aging and from repeated stresses and strains can cause a spinal disc to begin to collapse. This is the first stage of spinal stenosis. As the space between the vertebrae narrows, the posterior longitudinal ligament that attaches behind the vertebral body may buckle and push against the spinal cord. The degenerative process can also cause bone spurs to develop. When these spurs point into the spinal canal, they squeeze the spinal cord. In a laminectomy, the surgeon removes a section of the lamina bone, the buckled parts of the posterior longitudinal ligament, and the bone spurs, taking pressure off the spinal cord.

Preparation

How will I prepare for surgery?

The decision to proceed with surgery must be made jointly by you and your surgeon. You should understand as much about the procedure as possible. If you have concerns or questions, you should talk to your surgeon.

Once you decide on surgery, your surgeon may suggest a complete physical examination by your regular doctor. This exam helps ensure that you are in the best possible condition to undergo the operation.

On the day of your surgery, you will probably be admitted to the hospital early in the morning. You shouldn't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before.

Surgical Procedure

What happens during the operation?

Patients are given a general anesthesia to put them to sleep during most spine surgeries. As you sleep, your breathing may be assisted with a ventilator. A ventilator is a device that controls and monitors the flo...

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