Cervical Laminectomy

What is a Cervical Laminectomy?

A surgical procedure to relieve pressure from nerve roots or spinal cord by removing a specific piece of bone.

Cervical laminectomy is a procedure that relieves pressure from either the nerve roots or spinal cord in the neck by removing the lamina. Lamina is the roof of bone over the back of the vertebra, and -ectomy refers to the surgical procedure to remove a section of the bony roof, thereby taking pressure off the spinal cord or nerve roots. It eases the symptoms of spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a disorder that causes the spinal cord to become compressed inside the spinal canal.

Who needs a Cervical Laminectomy?

Patients who have cervical stenosis are potential candidates for this surgery. Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on nerve roots and the spinal cord. This surgery relieves this pressure by removing a section of bone from the rear of one or more vertebrae.

Other conditions that can put pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord include:

  • Degenerative discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Calcium deposits
  • Tumors
  • Bony fragments from a fracture or infection


What Happens After the Surgery?

Patients can get out of bed, with assistance, within one or two hours after the surgery.

The surgeon may recommend that you wear a neck (cervical) collar for six to 12 weeks after surgery.

The doctor will give you specific instructions and usually prescribe pain medication. The doctor will help determine when you can resume normal activities such as returning to work, driving and exercising. Some patients may benefit from supervised rehabilitation or physical therapy after surgery.


This material is intended to give the patient an overview of surgical procedures and treatments and is not intended to replace the advice and guidance of a physician. Always consult with your doctor about the particular risks and benefits of your treatment.

Request an Appointment.

Please call our office at 816-363-2500 to make an appointment. Don’t forget to bring your imaging studies with you.