Any surgery that relieves compression of the spinal cord or spinal nerves is considered to be decompression surgery. If the compression results from a disc herniation, the surgery is adiscectomy. If the compression is because of a narrowed spinal canal that is placing pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots, this surgery is a laminectomy. A laminectomy removes the back wall of the spinal canal to create more space for the spinal cord.
Conditions Treated with Decompression Surgery
Decompression surgery is performed for the treatment of stenosis, radicular pain, spondylosisor other conditions associated with nerve compression.