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Cervical or Dorsal or Lumbar Laminectomy

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Laminectomy refers to a surgical procedure performed for creating space by removing the lamina (back part of a vertebra which covers the spinal canal) for relieving pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. Under general anesthesia, an incision is made in the back over the affected vertebra (whether in the cervical, dorsal or lumbar region of the spine) and the muscles are moved away from the spine. The size of the incision depends on an open approach (larger) or minimally invasive approach (smaller). Using small instruments, the lamina is removed.