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What is the typical laminotomy recovery period? Laser Spine Institute explains the factors that can affect our Tampa patients

When it comes to a laminotomy, the recovery period is one of the most important items that a patient will want to research before surgery. Many types of spine surgery can involve an ongoing recovery process that can last for months, which can greatly affect a patient’s personal life, professional life and finances. That’s why it’s vital to understand how long one should allot for taking time off from work and other activities after a laminotomy procedure.

Recovery considerations

In most cases, surgeons will only be able to provide an approximate laminotomy recovery period , and even then, they may not be able to factor in all of the variables that contribute to the recovery. For example, age and general health often play a large role in healing after surgical procedures, with the younger and healthier tending to fare better. Along these lines, non-smokers may also be able to recover more quickly than smokers do. These factors are those that a surgeon may be able to account for ahead of a surgery, using them to give a patient what information is available, but there are other factors that can’t be understood until later, such as the occurrence of complications and infections after surgery. Possible impediments like these aren’t always possible to predict, but their incidence rates are tied to the type of surgery being performed.

Variances in surgery

In the case of a laminotomy and its related recovery period, the type of procedure must be considered. The more traditional, open spine approach to remove a part of the lamina is to perform a laminotomy or laminectomy using a large incision in the neck or back, which allows the surgeon to visualize the affected area. He or she then removes the necessary piece of the vertebra, decompressing the spinal cord or affected nerve root. Due to the large incision and disruption of muscle tissue to access the spine, this surgery can take a year or more to recover from, depending on a patient’s particular set of circumstances.

In a minimally invasive laminotomy performed by Laser Spine Institute’s knowledgeable surgeons, spinal nerves are decompressed using a small incision and small tools, which greatly reduces the amount of muscle and tissue damage. Also, Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive surgeries have diminished rates of complications when compared to open spine surgery (2.26 percent compared to 31 percent) and lower rates of infections (0.55 percent^ versus up to 16 percent). The decreased damage and reduced risks of minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute could mean a shorter laminotomy recovery period, as 81 percent of Laser Spine Institute patients return to work within three months after surgery.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for more information about our laminotomy procedure, its general recovery period and other related topics.


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