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    Old 01-09-2009, 06:59 AM   #1
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    What is a Laminectomy Defect?

    I was searching for an answer to this question, was excited to find a thread, and was disappointed to find it ended without any more information. If anyone has any information concerning what exactly is a laminectomy defect I would like to know.

    My situtation is I had a laminectomy and am still in pain. The MRI I had after the surgery stated there was a laminectomy defect at C7 (postsurgical). Can anyone explain this to me?

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    Old 01-09-2009, 04:24 PM   #2
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    Re: what is laminectomy defect?

    the lamina is part of the bony ring that makes up the rear part of the vertebra that surrounds and protects the spinal cord. When you have a laminectomy part of the lamina is drilled through this leaves a defect that is known as a laminectomy defect. This does not mean that any thing has gone wrong.

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    Old 01-09-2009, 04:40 PM   #3
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    Re: what is laminectomy defect?

    Thanks so much. Just another question: I had five vertebra cut but only one is stated as a laminectomy defect on the MRI report. Is this normal?

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    Old 01-10-2009, 04:11 PM   #4
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    Re: What is a Laminectomy Defect?

    were the five other cut vertebra imaged in the mri and were laminectomies performed on them if this is so then i dont really know why MRIs take cross sectional images they somtimes miss small problems but you would not think they would miss the post operative changes of five laminectomies

     
    Old 01-10-2009, 06:02 PM   #5
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    Re: What is a Laminectomy Defect?

    Yes. The laminectomies were on T1 to C4. They were all on the MRI that was taken. However, only the C7 was listed as a laminectomy defect. Thanks for the information - it has been helpful. If there is any more information available I would appreciate it.

     
    Old 01-22-2009, 08:53 AM   #6
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    Re: What is a Laminectomy Defect?

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    I was searching for an answer to this question, was excited to find a thread, and was disappointed to find it ended without any more information. If anyone has any information concerning what exactly is a laminectomy defect I would like to know.

    My situtation is I had a laminectomy and am still in pain. The MRI I had after the surgery stated there was a laminectomy defect at C7 (postsurgical). Can anyone explain this to me?
    Hello,
    I am new to this forum and I myself has had what is called on my mri a laminectomy defect. Mine are on th L3/L4 and L4/L5. The neuro (not the dr whom did the surgery also said I had failed laminectomy syndrome. I have been googling about these subjects and more but really don't understand what it really means and if anything can be done to help it. If you have any updates I would apprieciate it if you would post them. I can barely walk or stand in one position even laying down hurts and sitting. Yesterday I thought I might go to the emergency room just because the pain in my back and neck was soo bad.

    Thank you,
    Nipper

     
    Old 01-23-2009, 04:47 AM   #7
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    Re: What is a Laminectomy Defect?

    Sorry, I don't have more information at this time. However, I am scheduled to see another spine specialist in February. I hope to get some answers then. If anyone else has more information I would appreciate it myself. Thanks.

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    Old 01-23-2009, 11:45 AM   #8
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    Re: What is a Laminectomy Defect?

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    Sorry, I don't have more information at this time. However, I am scheduled to see another spine specialist in February. I hope to get some answers then. If anyone else has more information I would appreciate it myself. Thanks.
    When you do ask hime if its post laminectomy syndrome. That's what my neuro said mine was but he said he couldn't do anthing because of too much scaring around the sight. They had to open me up twice because my spinal cord had a tear in it, haven't been the same since.

    Take care of youself till you get to see another dr.

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    Old 01-30-2009, 08:28 PM   #9
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    Re: What is a Laminectomy Defect?

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    hello,
    i am new to this forum and i myself has had what is called on my mri a laminectomy defect. Mine are on th l3/l4 and l4/l5. The neuro (not the dr whom did the surgery also said i had failed laminectomy syndrome. I have been googling about these subjects and more but really don't understand what it really means and if anything can be done to help it. If you have any updates i would apprieciate it if you would post them. I can barely walk or stand in one position even laying down hurts and sitting. Yesterday i thought i might go to the emergency room just because the pain in my back and neck was soo bad.

    Thank you,
    nipper
    i thought the " l's" like l5, etc...are the back. Do they call the surgery for the back a laminectomy too?

     
    Old 01-31-2009, 11:55 AM   #10
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    You bet they do, and I still do not understand what happened that went wrong. I am getting worse day by day now. I do have an app. on the 3rd for pm hopefully he can explain.

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    Old 08-27-2009, 08:41 AM   #11
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    Re: What is a Laminectomy Defect?

    I have officially be diagnosed with post laminectomy defect syndrone. Never heard of it until on here. I have been told that it isn't due to any failure of the surgery (or problem) and since they won't do anymore surgery on me I have to try pain management. They are talking about nerve blocks and shots in the muscles to ease the pain. It seems there is nothing to help the problem - only deal with the symptoms. Anyone with other information, I would be glad to have it.

     
    Old 08-27-2009, 08:47 AM   #12
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    Re: What is a Laminectomy Defect?

    I have officially be diagnosed with post laminectomy defect syndrone. Never heard of it until on here. I have been told that it isn't due to any failure of the surgery (or problem) and since they won't do anymore surgery on me I have to try pain management. They are talking about nerve blocks and shots in the muscles to ease the pain. It seems there is nothing to help the problem - only deal with the symptoms. Anyone with other information, I would be glad to have it.

     
    Old 09-06-2009, 04:33 PM   #13
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    Re: What is a Laminectomy Defect?

    Well from what I now understand of it that once you sign those consent forms befor you head into the operation room you are s.o.o.l. because they group everything that could go wrong into this post laminectomy syndrome. I have found that when they did the original op they used a chemical Depo-Medrol to calm down my inflamed nerves. It is on my chart that I am allergic to steroids which is what Depo-Medrol is, after being released I had developed a tear in my spinal cord they say to expect alittle but this after 1-2 days coming out by the hand towel soaked in spinal fluid when I got to the emergency room my head was exploding and I didn't even rember getting in my hosp. room. The Dr. waited 3 days till he fixed the tear and cleaned the field. After 6 mos. in pain he released me btw and I went to see a neurosurgeon. He did a spect scan new MRI and xrays and now I know what's wrong - I have Arachnoiditis, epidural fibrosis, lumbar and cervical spondylosis over 4 c spine level all of that and at the end pos laminectom syndrome. Best part they cannot operate on any of them not even to put a spine stimulator. I have been trying every pain med including neurotin and I am currently on morphine and the pain just gets worse, I have lost at least 50lbs my legs give out from under me, I spend days in bed with pain and nothing can be done. Have your doctor check for excessive scarring and if he thinks it could be Arachnoiditis. Hope all goes way better for you than me, to air me out Dr. has me on a scooter so I could go ounce in awhile to a function or flea market. I just keep searching the web to see if any new things or trials are being found.

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    Old 11-21-2009, 07:02 AM   #14
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    Doctors are sometimes doctors make errors. I am helping a guy that had the surgeon miss all the holes. Post-laminectomy, he is in a position where his spinal canal is pierced. Nerves are damaged. He is certainly a mess. He has numbness, tingling sciatic, cold skin, excessive sweating, instability. All from misplaced screws.
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    Old 11-22-2009, 04:46 AM   #15
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    You say you are "helping" this guy. In what manner? Legal or medical? Also, I did not have any screws in my neck - rather they cut the bone to releave pressure on the nerve. However, after a couple months the pain came back more severe and keeps getting worst (as well as other problems). I never get a straight answer except the pain management doctor I am going to said that since the last surgery the structure of my neck has changed. No one will tell me exactly what's going on - bone spurs, arthritis, etc. but everything goes back to my second neck surgery. At this point, I am suffering neck pain, arm pain (both) and tingling and numbness, along with lower back problems. I am told no one will touch me surgically anymore and so pain management is the only way. I am on heavy medication (narcatics, etc.) amounting to around $2000 a month. Any help you can give me I would appreciate.

     
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