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Brian J Awbrey MD
(617) 726-3808
151 Merrimac St
Boston, MA
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Orthopedics

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James Allan Karlson
(617) 491-6766
300 Mount Auburn St
Cambridge, MA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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James Francis Connor
(617) 864-1924
300 Mount Auburn St
Cambridge, MA
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Hand Surgery

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James Francis Connor Jr, MD
(617) 864-1924
300 Mount Auburn St Ste 510
Cambridge, MA
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Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1987

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Samuel H Doppelt, MD
(617) 591-4294
1493 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1973

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Lawrence Ira Karlin, MD
(617) 355-6021
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA
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Children's Hospital Boston Orthopaedic Surger
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Orthopedics

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Debra Ann Mulley, MD
(617) 591-4600
1493 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
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Female
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Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1996

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Jane Catherine Lewis, MD
(617) 497-2070
61 Mooney St
Cambridge, MA
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1989

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James G Manson, MD
(617) 491-4122
Cambridge, MA
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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James A Karlson, MD
(617) 738-8642
300 Mount Auburn St Ste 505
Cambridge, MA
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1988

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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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