A cervical laminectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the widening of the spinal canal by removal of the lamina, which releases pressure over the spinal nerves and/or the spinal cord. The lamina is a small bony plate covering the spinal canal. Narrowing of the spinal canal may occur due to any of the following reasons:


Cervical laminectomy involves the following steps:

Post operative care

Patients are usually discharged on the same day of the surgery and can resume driving within 1-2 weeks of the surgery. General post-operative instructions for a patient after a cervical laminectomy include:

Risk and complications

There are always some complications associated with any major surgery. Some of the complications associated with lumbar laminectomy include infection, spinal nerve injury, persistent pain, instability of the spinal fragments, and thrombophlebitis.