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Cervical Laminectomy and Laminoplasty Risks and Success Rate in Portland, Oregon

What Are the Risks of Cervical Laminectomy or Laminoplasty?

There are several risks to cervical laminectomy and laminoplasty that include nerve damage to the spinal cord or nerve roots. Nerve root damage may lead to weakness in an arm and is uncommon but can be permanent. Spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis is quite rare.

Infection is a complication that can occur 1% to 3% of the time. This may require further surgery, and / or antibiotics.

The risk of spinal fluid leak is about 1% but can lead to a prolonged hospitalization while patients recover and at times require another surgery to repair the leak.

At times a laminectomy or laminoplasty is unable to completely relieve the pressure upon nerves or the spinal cord and a cervical fusion is needed at a later date.

What is the Success Rate for Cervical Laminectomy or Laminoplasty?

The success rate is dependent upon the underlying condition requiring surgery. A large majority of patients see significant pain relief with the surgery. 75% of patients with spinal cord compression and myelopathy see improvement in those symptoms.

When Should You Have Surgery?

Our overall advice for this type of surgery is the same for any other spine surgery, which is to live with the pain you are experiencing if you can. The reason for undergoing the operation is that the pain or weakness is making life so uncomfortable or difficult that you are willing to accept the chance of a result that is less that 100% successful.

Dr. Button is experienced in cervical laminectomy and laminoplasty and if you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss this or other procedures further, click here.

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