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– Disease in Lumbar to Sacral Region of the Spine


Laminotomy requires a relatively small (2-3 cm) incision in your back, typically the lower back (lumbar spine). The surgery may be performed using a less destructive laminotomy technique where the surgeon forms a small hole in lamina bone without disruption of the entire lamina (bone on the posterior side of the spine) to perform the surgical excision. The surgeon removes obstructions of abnormally formed bony structures, diseased or ruptured disc, other bony fragments that are obstructing or impinging on neural structures, spinal cord, nerve roots. Once these neural structures are free and the spinal canal is open, the surgeon closes with suturing the muscle layers over the site and then the skin.

This procedure may be performed either as an out-patient where the patient returns home after the patient is well awake and within the same day as the procedure was performed. Or this procedure may be performed as an in-patient where the patient may typically stay in the hospital for up to 3 days.

Leg pain symptoms may resolve almost immediately after the surgery. Weakness, numbness may require weeks or months to fully subside. Healing time after surgery requires lighter than normal activities for several weeks with normal activities by 6 weeks to 3 months.

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"I had a Cervical Spine Surgery February 2017 and Lumbar Spine Surgery November 2017. Both Surgeries were a Success. I feel so much better....No More Pain! Thank You, Dr. Kropf... You're the BEST!"

-Martha B

"This man gave me my life back! I wouldn't be working today with him as a spine nurse ! I had a cervical fusion & artificial disc replacement for my lower back ! He's caring & compassionate & so is his staff ! He saved my husbands life also by ordering the right tests & got him to another specialist , I feel so blessed to have him! "

-Anastacia H

"First off, I believe Dr. Kropf helped save my life! It's been 6 months since I had my surgery and my spine has fused successfully! Dr. Kropf and his amazing staff treated me like a human being instead of just a patient! The support and encouragement they gave me throughout the few years I have been going is incomparable! Thank you to all those who helped me during my recovery, especially Sakura, and Trisha! You are all Angels on Earth! God Bless you!"

-Stefifi A

“Dr. Kropf is a very knowledgeable and experienced surgeon. He is just as straight forward and honest as I remember him from 19 years ago. He did an amazing job with my back then, that I flew across the country to discuss the second surgery with him!”
"Dr. Kropf is literally a miracle worker. I have suffered with horrible pain for years from herniation at L4/5 & L5/S1. Had a prior micro-surgery from another surgeon which did not work. Dr. Kropf performed a double fusion through the stomach and back. Had my 7 month follow up yesterday and got a clean bill of health. Honestly, after about 5 months I was totally pain free. He completely nailed it!!! I also just referred one of my good friends who also feel in love with Dr.Kropf. I had interviewed 7 surgeons with my wife and we both agreed that there was no one better to do my surgery. This was not a fun thing to go through, but so worth it. Katie, Sakura, and Trisha also were awesome to deal with and super responsive."

-Lee E