Injured workers may have a cervical laminectomy as a result of a traumatic work-related injury or from job duties over time causing spinal stenosis. A laminectomy relieves pressure due to spinal stenosis. In spinal stenosis, herniated or bulging discs, bone spurs and ligaments may press against the spinal cord, leading to a condition called myelopathy. Myelopathy can produce problems with the bowels and bladder, disruptions in the way you walk, and impairments with fine motor skills in the hands. In a laminectomy, a small section of bone covering the back of the spinal cord is removed. To be work-related, a doctor must give an opinion in writing.
Workers compensation lumbar laminectomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves. Degeneration, or wear and tear, in the parts of the spine from job duties over time may narrow the spinal canal. This puts pressure on the nerves in the canal. This condition is called spinal stenosis. A laminectomy involves removing a section of the bony covering over the back of the spinal canal taking pressure off the spinal nerves.