Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX

Relief from Lower Back and Neck Pain

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      At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI), we specialize
                 in non-surgical as well as surgical treatments
                                of Back and Neck  Pain
     Conservative to Surgical Options: MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SUGERY 
 "Applying Science to the Art of Medicine"                                                  
                 Dr. Kraus is available for Neurosurgery consultation (surgical and non-surgical) in Houston.
                      Offices:  1) West Houston Medical Center
                                    2) Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
                                    3) Katy
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                                            Dr. Kraus is honored to be listed in
                                            "Best Doctors in America" (2001-2008) and
                                             "Top Doctors of Houston, Texas" (2007, 2008, 2009)     

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Lumbar decompressive laminectomy

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lumbar decompression, lumbar laminectomy, laminectomy, decompressive lumbar laminectomy, spinal stenosis, stenosis, lumbar stenosis, cervical stenosis, myelopathy, houston, texas, united states, americalumbar decompression, lumbar laminectomy, laminectomy, decompressive lumbar laminectomy, spinal stenosis, stenosis, lumbar stenosis, cervical stenosis, myelopathy, houston, texas, united states, americaDecompressive lumbar laminectomy involves removing the lamina (roof of the spinal canal, covering the nerves) of the spine to decompress the nerves.  Since the cause is often thickened ligamentum flavum as well as degenerated and arthritic facet joints, sometimes a very wide removal of bone and ligament is needed.  Above, on the left, is a spine illustration showing the lamina intact, while on the right, the lamina has been removed, and the spinal nerves (shown in yellow) can be seen.  Fusion of the spine may be added to the decompression when sufficient bone is removed to cause the spine to become unstable.  It may also be added if there is severe low back pain, or mechanical instability.

The operation is known as a lumbar decompressive laminectomy, laminectomy, or a lumbar decompression.  The most commonly affected levels in the lumbar spine are L3, L4 and L5.  When the operation is performed in the cervical spine for spinal cord compression, it is known as a cervical decompressive laminectomy. 


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  • instability of the lumbar spine, requiring additional surgery for fusion
  • persistent stenosis requiring additional decompression

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