Laminectomy is a surgical procedure involving trimming or removal of bones forming part of the vertebrae, as well as thickened tissue that narrows the spinal canal and squeezes spinal nerve roots.
It is commonly used to treat lower back (lumbar) spinal stenosis; spinal injuries; herniated discs and tumours; age related spinal changes, and similar conditions causing pressure on the spine.
Causes of conditions necessitating laminectomy
Spinal injuries or spinal stenosis necessitating decompressive laminectomy may be caused by car or work accidents; slips, trips and falls resulting in injuries to the lower back, and so on.
Accidents at work causing such injuries may, for example, consist of falls from height, being trapped or hit by falling objects, structures, etc. Explosions may also cause spinal injuries at work.
When laminectomy is considered
As this kind of surgery involves cutting into your back and does carry a number of more or less severe risks, it is only considered when:
- Normal daily activities are restricted by severe symptoms
- Symptoms become too severe to be manageable
- Pain can not be relieved through non-surgical treatment
- Severity of nerve compression symptoms, weakness or numbness, of spinal stenosis increases
- Bladder or bowel control becomes difficult
- Your movements become clumsy
It may also be considered if you suddenly find it difficult to walk steadily.
What to expect
The general idea of reducing the pressure on your nerve roots is to relieve your pain and enable you to return to a normal life. Depending on the extent of your work injury and the subsequent extent of required surgery, as well as your general state of health, it could take many months of recovery before you are able to resume daily activities.
In some cases, the patient may experience chronic back pain even after surgery, and in some cases, symptoms could return and necessitate further surgery in the future.
Your right to claim
Should a workplace accident result in spinal stenosis or other injuries to your spine, even if they do not make laminectomy necessary, you could qualify for work injury compensation.
You can get knowledgeable advice and the assistance of our solicitors, backed by Accident Advice Helpline’s 15 years’ experience in handling industrial injury claims, by completing our online compensation calculator.
Alternatively, call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500. Keeping your conversation completely confidential, advisors manning our 24-hour advice line can help you determine whether you are eligible to claim and, if so, offer you the help of our legal team.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice