Pain and a lack of mobility are often the two primary reasons for the laminectomy procedure. Aron says, “My leg was going numb. I knew something was wrong and it was getting worse.”
The spine is a highly complex structure. Within the spinal column lie a myriad of nerves that can cause excruciating pain when they are compressed.
That’s what happened to Aron. He says, “I went to the ER. I was experiencing level nine pains for two-hour periods, four to five times a day for three days straight.”
Spinal pain can limit movement and function. While conservative treatments, such as medications and physical therapy, are typically tried first, some patients can benefit from laminectomy to alleviate their pain and restore their mobility.
Some of the typical medical treatments to alleviate pain before surgery is attempted include:
- Assisted devices including walkers or back supports
- Changing lifestyle and activities
- Medications such as anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and pain relievers
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Spinal injections
- Weight loss and/or smoking cessation
If these treatments no longer work, a laminectomy procedure can ease the pressure on the nerves within the spine, help with a spinal disc issue, or remove a spinal tumor. The results can be dramatic. Aron says, “My pain levels have gone from nine to 10s to zeros or ones.”