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Spine problems and back pain are common health issues that can prevent you living a full and rewarding life. Some spinal conditions may be sudden and surprising, like muscle strains or sports injuries, while others are less preventable, such as scoliosis, arthritis and osteoporosis.
The spine is made up of bones (vertebrae) joined together by the discs at the front and small joints called facet joints at the back. Strong ligaments and muscles stabilize the spine. The spinal cord and nerves are contained within the spine and at each level a nerve root comes out to supply different parts of the body.
Decompression is designed to take away the tissue which is irritating the nerve resulting in resolution of leg symptoms. The procedure is performed using a incision in the middle of the back. The spine is approached and a window is made in the spinal canal. The nerves are identified, protected. Any bone, ligament or disc, which appears to be compromising the roots is removed.
The discs in the neck lie between the vertebrae at the front of the spine which together form the cervical spine. The nerve roots coming out of the spine pass very close to the disc through holes in the spine called foramina. Sometimes due to “wear and tear” of the spine, the disc becomes weakened allowing the disc to bulge.
Cervical laminectomy is a spinal operation performed under general anaesthesia from the back of the neck designed to take away the compression on the spinal cord and bony spurs which are irritating the nerve and/or the spinal cord resulting in resolution of the arm pain and prevent worsening of cervical myelopathy if present.
One Health Group are a team of specialist surgeons and healthcare managers working together to provide the best possible diagnosis and treatment for our patients.