Spinal Disc Rupture after Laminectomy

Category: Back Pain, Surgery Recovery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: September 15, 2015

ruptured disc after laminectomy

Spine surgery can be a life-changing treatment, but some patients continue to have back issues after their procedure. Whether because of a surgical error, or because of an injury after the procedure, spinal disc ruptures post-op need to be identified and treated right away. In this article, we will talk about laminectomy surgery and the risk of rupturing a spinal disc after the procedure.

Laminectomy Procedure Explained

A laminectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing the lamia (the back section of the vertebra) to free up space around the spinal column. This surgery is also called a spinal decompression. The purpose of this procedure is to relieve pressure on the nerves.

Why would the lamia need to be removed, you might ask? Some patients develop bony growths called bone spurs that can press against the nerves and other elements of the spine, causing pain and loss of sensation.

Dangers of a Rupture after Surgery

Unfortunately, spinal discs can rupture after surgery. Sometimes this is due to a surgical failure (aka failed previous surgery). Spinal discs can also rupture as the result of acute trauma – like being in a car accident – or due to degeneration over time. Regardless of the cause, ruptured discs should be treated quickly to avoid serious complications. Here are some signs of a ruptured disc after surgery:

  • Sudden back pain that’s not related to your surgical recovery
  • Loss of feeling in your back or extremities
  • Pain that returns after you’ve completely recovered from your procedure

What to Do if you Rupture a Disc

If you are concerned that you have ruptured a disc after your spine surgery, make an appointment with your surgeon right away. Depending on the rupture and the symptoms involved, another procedure may be necessary to prevent any long-term damage. It never hurts to get a second opinion about your condition, especially after a failed previous spine surgery.

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