Spinal Decompression Surgery

What is a Spinal Decompression Surgery?

In cases of nerve pain and entrapment caused by bone spurs, spinal decompression surgery can be very effective. Through a small working channel, the muscle of the back are gently retracted. A laminatomy or a small window in the bone overlying the nerves in the spine, the passageway of the nerve can be visualized. Bone outgrowths or arthritis of the joints in the back of the spine can produce impingement or narrowing of these passageways. Spinal decompression surgery is designed to re-open and remove the bone spurs from the nerve passage ways and free the nerve.


  • Disc Rupture
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Back Pain
  • Spine Stenosis
  • Arthritis of Spine

How long is the surgery?

One level cervical or lumbar spinal decompression surgery is performed just under an hour.

How long is the hospital stay?

For lumbar surgeries, patients are released home after a six to eight hour recovery. Most cervical procedures require overnight stay.

Do I need Anesthesia?

General anesthesia and muscle relaxation are needed for a comfortable experience.

Recovery Time

An initial two weeks of rest and relaxation is needed to ensure proper healing and adequate pain relief. By the third week after surgery, a course of physical therapy and stretch exercise regimen are prescribed. Most people are able to resume their normal activities by 4 weeks after the surgery.

Lumbar Partial Discectomy Videos


A herniated lumbar disc can push on spinal nerves and cause severe, shooting, leg pain, numbness, and/or weakness. Removing part of the herniated disc in a partial discectomy procedure can prevent the disc from irritating the nerve.


Incision is made in the middle of the low back to expose the lumbar vertebrae above and below the herniated disc. Next, surgical instruments are used to remove a portion of the lamina to provide access to the herniated disc.


The herniated portion of the disc is removed. This relieves the pressure on the compressed nerve


The incision is closed and dressed to complete the surgery. Patients usually notice rapid relief of leg pain; however numbness may occasionally persist for several weeks before fading away. Patients should take care to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks following the procedure.