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Eldon L De Kay, DDS
(907) 697-3555
16635 Centerfield Dr # 201
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jeffrey Scott Moore, MD
(907) 279-2663
10701 Sarah Barton Cir
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1987

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Michael Leo Koropp, DMD
(907) 338-8999
2601 Boniface Pkwy
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Greg L Schumacer
(907) 580-1572
5955 Zeamer Ave
Elmendorf Afb, AK
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Peter Cornwell Schaab, MD
(907) 272-0095
1200 Airport Heights Dr Ste 320
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1982

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John Riser Scott, MD
(907) 622-3569
32907 Upper Rd Cirrus Way
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1955

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Todd Soung Kim, MD
17712 Toakoana Way
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1999

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Jordan Thomas Hartman, DDS
(907) 337-1536
2601 Boniface Pkwy
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Kurt D Mentzer
(907) 580-3205
5955 Zeamer Avenue
Elmendorf Afb, AK
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Davis C Peterson
(907) 563-3145
3260 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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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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