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Thoracic Laminectomy

– Disease in Middle to Upper Back Region of the Spine of the spine (T1-T12).


A laminotomy surgery requires a incision in your middle to upper back, thoracic spine.

A surgical approach is performed in the upper back to expose the lamina the part of the vertebral bones that encloses the posterior (back) of spinal canal. The number of vertebral bones that are addressed in surgery depends on how extensive the compression of the cord is. Once surgical access is achieved to the area a spine surgeon removes a portion of the spinous process and lamina bone of the vertebral bodies (or entire lamina depending on the cause of the narrowing) to eliminate pressure or obstruction near on pressing the spinal cord. There are various degrees and types of Laminectomy that is a total removal of the lamina of some portion of the spine to eliminate pressure on the spinal cord; a laminotomy is the partial removal of the lamina. The open canal allows for more space for the spinal cord and nerve roots. The surgeon then adds instrumentation (rods and screws) to support and stabilize the vertebrae (s) where the lamina bone was removed.

This procedure is performed where the patient stays in the hospital for up to 3-5 days.
Nerve-related pain resolves almost immediately after the surgery.
Weakness, numbness may require weeks or months to fully subside.
Healing requires lighter than normal activities for several weeks.

Patient Testimonials

“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!”
"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

"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 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

"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