Nature has designed the spinal region in our back to be flexible so that we can undertake tasks that require bending down during our day to day activities. However, like all other parts of the human body, the spinal cord too undergoes wear and tear during the course of our day to day activities and this is when we start feeling pain in the back. Strictly speaking, each and every person faces a phase in their life when they suffer from pain in the back. This pain might be due to one or more of several reasons.

Whilst surgery is recommended in extreme cases only, the rest of the other problems generally get resolved by non invasive treatment. The doctor might suggest anti inflammatory drugs to the patient and this often proves quite helpful. However, there are occasions when just medications do not work. It is during such occasions that the doctor might recommend the patient to try out back bending and stretching exercises. In most of the cases, these exercises help the patient to overcome their back pain. According to medical research, only about 5% of the cases of back pain actually require surgery.

In such cases it is recommended to opt in for the best surgeon available. Back surgeries are one of the most complicated of surgeries. Our back and especially the spinal region, contains lots of nerves which connect the rest of our body with the brain. Even a slight pinching of these nerves causes acute pains in the parts of the body to which they are connected. Cutting off any of these nerves might disable a person or might even result in his or her death. This is why back surgery is not recommended unless and until there is no other alternative left for the surgeon.

There are different types of back surgeries and each one of them is used for different types of back problems. One such type of surgery in laminectomy which is an operation of the spine conducted to remove a portion of the vertebral bone that is known as the lamina. Laminectomy can be done is various different ways. The one which requires a minimum invasion of the skin is the one in which small incisions are made on the skin and then the back muscles, instead of being cut, are pushed aside. During the course of this surgery, the portions of the vertebra that are beside the lamina, are not disturbed and left intact.

The traditional type of laminectomy (also known as conventional laminectomy) involves the removal of the entire posterior backbone along with the muscles and overlying ligaments. This type of surgery is conducted under general anesthesia and the patient remains asleep during the course of the treatment. The recovery period for those who have undergone laminectomy depends entirely on the type of laminectomy that has been performed on them. 3-10 days is required for those who have undergone surgery using the minimum invasive procedure. The recovery period for those who have undergone conventional open surgery might be a few weeks to a couple of months.

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