Cervical Laminoplasty Treatment at Virginia Neurosurgeons

This surgical procedure alleviates pressure on the spinal cord in the cervical (neck) vertebrae. By creating more space in the spinal canal through a strategic bone hinge, this technique is effective in treating cervical spinal stenosis and related conditions. If you are seeking expert care for cervical stenosis, consult with the specialists at Virginia Neurosurgeons to explore advanced treatment options tailored to your specific case.

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Expert Cervical Laminoplasty at Virginia Neurosurgeons

Virginia Neurosurgeons, established in Arlington in 2001, stands as the preeminent independent neurosurgical group in Northern Virginia. Our surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, and have received education and training from the world's most prestigious institutions. Holding academic faculty appointments with the George Washington University School of Medicine, our team seamlessly integrates neurological, biomechanical, and evidence-based factors into our approach. Dedicated to compassionate, ethical, and transparent care, we aspire to transform lives through open communication and principled intervention. Our commitment to preserving neurologic function and reducing pain underscores our belief in offering clinically meaningful benefits to enhance the quality of life for our patients. With over two decades of experience and a legacy of over 30,000 patients cared for, Virginia Neurosurgeons is dedicated to helping people like you whose enjoyment of life is being impacted by discomfort and reduced mobility. 

Restore Neurological Function with Cervical Laminoplasty

In simple terms, cervical laminoplasty involves creating more space in the spinal canal by reshaping the lamina, the back part of the vertebra. This procedure is commonly employed to treat cervical spinal stenosis, a condition where the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord. The objective is to relieve compression on the spinal cord and nerves. Benefits of cervical laminoplasty include:

Increased Space:

By reshaping the lamina, the procedure creates more room in the spinal canal, reducing pressure on the spinal cord.

Preservation of Motion:

Unlike some fusion procedures, laminoplasty aims to maintain motion in the spine, contributing to flexibility.

Symptom Relief:

The surgery helps alleviate symptoms associated with spinal cord compression, such as weakness, numbness, and walking problems.

Preserve Alignment:

Unlike other procedures that completely remove the back of the spinal bone, cervical laminoplasty preserves the bones and ligaments of the back of the neck.

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The Cervical Laminoplasty Process

Diagnosis and Evaluation:

A thorough assessment of medical history, symptoms, and diagnostic imaging, such as MRI or CT scans, is conducted to get a clear picture of the extent of cervical spinal stenosis.

Preoperative Preparation:

Patients undergo preoperative evaluations, including blood tests and other necessary assessments, to ensure they are in optimal health for the surgical procedure.

Anesthesia Administration:

Before the surgery, general anesthesia is administered to ensure the patient is pain-free and asleep during the procedure.

Incision and Exposure:

An incision is made in the back of the neck to access the cervical spine, and the lamina, or back of the spinal bone, is exposed.

Laminal Reshaping:

The lamina is reshaped to create more space in the spinal canal, relieving pressure on the spinal cord.

Implantation of Hinges or Spacers:

The surgeon may use bone spacers or hinges to keep the lamina open and maintain the increased space in the spinal canal.

Closure of Incision:

After the necessary adjustments are made, the incision is closed and dressed.

Recovery and Rehabilitation:

Following surgery, patients are monitored in the recovery area and then moved to a postoperative care unit. Rehabilitation may involve physical therapy to aid recovery and restore strength and mobility.

What to Expect After Surgery

Our experienced surgeons use state-of-the-art techniques and prioritize patient well-being through minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to contribute to shorter recovery times. However, because each case varies, the postoperative timeline for recovery also varies. You will receive personalized and attentive postoperative and recovery care to promote a speedy return to a pain-free, more active lifestyle. Long-term monitoring may be recommended to promote ongoing spinal health.

Schedule a Consultation to See if Cervical Laminoplasty is Right for You

If you're experiencing symptoms of cervical spinal stenosis or related conditions, don't hesitate to take the next step toward relief. Schedule a consultation at Virginia Neurosurgeons to explore the possibilities of cervical laminoplasty and regain the neurologic function and mobility you deserve.

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