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Robert E Stack, MD FACS
(360) 683-1315
2855 E Sequim Bay Rd
Sequim, WA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pennsylvania
Graduation Year: 1957

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James Paul Zettas, MD
777 N 5th Ave Ste 101
Sequim, WA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1955

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Heidi C Brandt, DDS
(360) 385-9700
1119 Lawrence St
Port Townsend, WA
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Alan G Greenwald
(360) 344-0400
834 Sheridan St
Port Townsend, WA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Tristan M McGovern
(360) 344-3090
834 Sheridan St
Port Townsend, WA
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Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Norman Wahl, DDS
Sequim, WA
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Mark Thomas Reis, MD
(360) 385-5635
1274 7th St Ste A
Port Townsend, WA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1986

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David Stafford Whitney, MD
(360) 379-8822
1045 Quincy St
Port Townsend, WA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1967

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William J Medlicott, MD FACS
(360) 385-6755
1510 Monroe St
Port Townsend, WA
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Washington
Graduation Year: 1959

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Michael Dana Barnard, MD
(360) 426-9870
421 N 3rd St
Shelton, WA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1972
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Hospital: Mason General Hospital, Shelton, Wa

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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?

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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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