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A cervical laminectomy is a surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves in the neck. It's sometimes called decompressive surgery.
During the surgery, the doctor removes pieces of the bony covering and other tissues that are squeezing the spinal cord and nerves. In some cases, small pieces of bone or small plates and screws will be used to hold the spine in place after the tissue is removed. This is called fusion.
Many people have less pain soon after surgery. But you may feel stiff and sore for a few months.
Most people go home 1 to 2 days after surgery. You will likely go back to work or your normal routine in 4 to 6 weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: March 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Steven J. Atlas MD, MPH - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Jeffrey N. Katz MD, MPH - Rheumatology
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