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« Thread started on: Apr 8th, 2007, 6:47pm »

Facetectomy: An operation to remove part of the facet. To prevent a degenerated facet from pinching a nerve.

Foraminotomy: An operation to make the foramen larger. To provide more space for the nerves and blood vessels

Laminectomy: An operation to remove the lamina. The purpose is to allow more room for the spinal cord and nerves.

Laminotomy: An operation to remove part of the lamina. This is done to allow more room for the spinal cord and nerves. Hemilaminotomy means they will remove part (half) of the lamina...in your case the left side, I think.

I am posting some pictures of hemilaminotomies, foraminotomies and partial medial facetectomies...

I hope this helps you understand what will be happening to you....These procedures do not always help in all cases, but are used to give space and ease stenosis...It sometimes only lasts for a few years. My friend's husband just had a laminectomy done by a top doc and he is out golfing this year...Wise? Maybe, maybe not...It might force him back to the operating table sooner than he might want to be...but I have a friend with a thoracic fusion that has golfed for ten years now...We are all different in how we recoup from these surgeries..

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