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Philip R McCowin
(208) 227-1100
2321 Coronado St
Idaho Falls, ID
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Orthopedic Surgery

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David H Hume, MD
(208) 558-9190
2730 Channing Way
Idaho Falls, ID
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Ronald Dee Wheeler, MD
(208) 529-6400
PO Box 2737
Idaho Falls, ID
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1974
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Hospital: Eastern Idaho Reg Med Ctr, Idaho Falls, Id
Group Practice: Eastern Idaho Sports Medicine

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Mark Weight, MD
(208) 535-4282
2860 Channing Way Ste 220
Idaho Falls, ID
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Gregory Gillman West, MD
(208) 227-1100
2321 Coronado St
Idaho Falls, ID
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1982

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Charles R Boge, MD
(208) 523-5788
Idaho Falls, ID
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Bret E Mooso, DDS
(208) 522-4552
1410 E 17th St
Idaho Falls, ID
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Lynn J Stromberg
(208) 523-9800
2355 Coronado
Idaho Falls, ID
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Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Stan R Griffiths
(208) 227-1100
2321 Coronado St
Idaho Falls, ID
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Charles Jared Randall, DDS
(208) 525-8383
2300 E 17th St
Idaho Falls, ID
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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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