Laminectomy vs. Laminoplasty
Which one is best for me?
The words may seem similar, but they define totally different processes. A laminectomy is a spinal surgery procedure that removes a portion of the lamina, or covering up of the vertebrae along the spine. Removing this covering from a vertebrae along the spinal column is done to give the vertebrae more space, relieving pressure on spinal cord nerves or surrounding bone structures. The word ending "ectomy" defines the process of removing something.
Laminoplasty is also a spinal surgical procedure. Every vertebrae along the spinal column has two laminae, or bony structures that provide protection and coverage for the spinal canal. These are the bony ridges you feel on your back. This procedure defines a partial removal or shaving of the lamina over specific vertebrae to reduce pressure on the spine caused by bone spurs, tumors, or conditions caused by arthritis or blunt impact or fracture injuries.
Which surgery is best for me?
Laminoplasty procedures are commonly performed on those diagnosed with a degenerative condition such as arthritis. Those diagnosed with tumor growth in the spine or spinal canal, or those with bone spurs may also benefit from a laminoplasty procedure. The procedure focuses on relieving pressure in a certain area of the spine, most often the thoracic or lumbar region, which relieves and reduces pain.
Laminectomy procedures are often recommended for individuals experiencing any type of back injury, swelling or inflammation in the cervical (neck), thoracic (chest) or lumbar (lower) region of the spine area. Laminectomy procedures are typically performed on those experiencing a slipped or herniated disc, or spinal conditions that causes pinched nerves. A person experiencing spinal stenosis, sciatica, and other spinal conditions that may limit movement and mobility are prime candidates for laminectomy procedures.
How much does it cost?
In the United States, a laminectomy procedure is performed utilizing laparoscopic technology. This means less invasive, less surrounding tissue damage, and reduced hospital stay. The cost of a lumbar laminectomy procedure in the US averages $25,000, including hospital and surgeons fees. However, a person traveling to Southeast Asian locations such as India may pay approximately $4,500, while a visitor to Thailand may pay approximately $6,000. These prices also include hospital and surgeons fees.
A laminoplasty procedure can cost up to $51,000 in the United States. This cost depends not only on the severity, but the location of the surgery along the spine. These costs also include hospital and doctors’ fees. Individuals traveling to locations around the world may save up to 30% on costs to undergo the same procedure.
Who performs these procedures?
A properly trained, certified and experienced orthopedic surgeon can perform both laminoplasty and laminectomy surgery procedures. Such orthopedic surgeons often focus and specialize in spinal care. A neurosurgeon or a vascular or general surgeon trained in laparoscopic spinal procedures may also perform laminectomy or laminoplasty procedures. Patients should ensure that surgeons are certified in the field and have obtained membership in regional or national boards or associations in the field of practice in his or her country of origin. Ensure that all health care facilities within which you will obtain treatment are accredited by international organizations or associations in regard to quality of not only equipment, but care.
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