A laminectomy is a procedure that removes the posterior portion of a vertebra that covers the spinal cord. This can be done so that the surgeon can access and remove spinal tumors, malignant or benign. The majority of spinal tumors are benign, but can compress the spinal cord, causing motor weakness and pain. The procedure is done through an incision made in the back, directly over the affected lamina to be removed. The procedure is done under general anaesthesia.
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