Common "Hemilaminectomy" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Hemilaminectomy is a surgical procedure conducted to relieve a pinched nerve inside the spine. The vertebral bones have a bony lamina at the base. Due to age-related degeneration or other medical conditions, the lamina may get damaged and pinch onto the nerve causing neurological symptoms. Hemilaminectomy is a minimally invasive procedure where the surgeon removes only a part of the bone to provide adequate space for the nerve to pass through.

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Can my back pain occur due to the tethered spinal cord?

Query: Hello doctor, It is about nine months since I have had L4 hemilaminectomy, L5 foraminotomy and drilling of bone fracture at L4-L5 level. I had an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) two months later due to severe pain. The MRI report presented inflammation and edema of the back muscles, inflammation of...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The tethered cord is a result offibrosis and inflammation. Your symptoms of back pain and weakened bowel and bladder movements could be explained with the tethered cord. The changes in ...  Read Full »

Why is there numbness after hemilaminectomy surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I am inquiring for a friend who underwent L4 - L5 hemilaminectomy surgery. He is recovering except for the persistent numbness, pins and needles and swelling in his left foot. It is more pronounced in the afternoon to evening. He is a teacher by profession. He has reported this to h...  Read Full »

Dr. Berry Chirag Ashok

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It sounds like your friend is bothered by the persistent tingling and numbness in his left foot. I understand these sensations can be quite irritating, especially if your work involves standing for long periods. Did he have these tingling sensations in the same areas be...  Read Full »

I have left sided lower back pain. I had decompression done years ago. Can you tell me about this?

Query: Hello doctor, I have left-sided lower back pain. I had hemilaminectomy at L4-L5 and decompression done eight years ago. I have attached an MRI report of the lower spine and an ultrasound of the abdomen. I was diagnosed with cystic kidney and liver hemangioma a month back. Please give me your advice ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ismail Mikdat Kabakus

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Based on your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), I will list the findings as they appear. 1. The spinal cord: Normal conus and conus terminates at the L1 level. 2. Disks: Multilevel...  Read Full »

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