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discectomy or laminectomy?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Hello everyone.
I am 41, and was recently diagnozed with spinal stenosis from C4 to C7 with Cord Compression and myelomalcia at C5-C6. Both doctors that I saw recommended surgery (they said it's urgent but not emergent) and I tend to go for that. But they are offering different procedures - one suggested a three level discectomy with fusion at C4-C7 and another suggested a laminectomy for C4-C7.
I would love any thoughts you might have on it. Thanks! :)


  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    Hey Canadian,

    I have spinal stenosis throughout my spine, I had a laminectomy to L4 thru L6 due to narrowing of the spinal canal. I had a discectomy, corpectomy, and fusion of C3 thru C6 due to collapsing of the discs. You need to sit down with your Dr's and ask a lot of questions. Both are major surgeries but a fusion is a lot more involved. Weigh your options and what will benefit you the most.
    Take care and best of luck. Keep us posted here also on what you decide.
  • I am scheduled for a Laminectomy in May. At first the NS thought I would need a fusion L3-4, L4-5 but after another MRI he feels my spine is stable enough and discs seem to be ok so thus the Laminectomy L3-4 I was happy with that decision because the recovery time is 6 to 12 weeks as opposed to 3 to 6 months for a fusion.
    I hope all goes well with whatever you decide.
    Nana Shan 8>
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