What is Lumbar Discectomy and Laminectomy?

Some of the most common operations that we do for the spine are lumbar microdiscectomy and lumbar laminectomy. So lumbar fusion surgery is sometimes necessary for back pain, but in that situation one has to carefully correlate the clinical findings with the imaging findings. For most of the common back operations that we do, lumbar discectomy or lumbar laminectomy, a fairly small incision is made in the back approximately inch, inch-and-a-half in length.

What Causes Back Pain and How Is It Typically Treated?

Back pain is a very common problem, and in fact, approximately nine out of ten people will at some point in their life experience an episode of back pain, and it’s one of the most common reasons that patients visit their family physician. The good news is that most causes of back pain are fairly self-limited and benign and do not represent a more serious underlying problem. Causes of back pain include muscle spasm, muscle tension; sometimes back pain can occur because of inflammation of the joints in the back - the facet joints.

Post Spinal Surgery Recovery

Proper care of the back after surgery is crucial to both short-term and long-term success. A good surgical result can be ruined by improper care of your back after surgery, and the role of physiotherapy is crucial. Well, typically patients will experience significant improvement in their symptoms immediately after the surgery. However, it’s not uncommon to experience some degree of ongoing symptoms especially some incisional pain, or sometimes some nerve pain. It’s usually fairly mild and can be managed conservatively or with over-the-counter medications.

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Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul

Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul MD, MHSc, FRCSC Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul is currently a neurosurgeon and Chief of Surgery at Lions Gate Hospital, with a focus…