A laminectomy, typically performed to combat spinal stenosis (the narrowing of the spinal canal) is frequently performed on patients over the age of 65 who suffer from chronic back pain. At this age, most back pain is due to degenerative changes that occur in the intervertebral discs of the spine and the joints between each pair of vertebrae. In some cases, degenerative changes in the spine can cause painful pressure on the nerves that send signals through the spinal canal.
atients typically get up and begin moving a few hours after surgery. Most patients return home as soon as their medical condition stabilizes, usually within one to two days after surgery.