What is the difference between a decompression and a laminectomy? Â I am in my 70âs and have spinal stenosis and am not thrilled about the prospect of surgery. Â
A laminectomy is a type of decompression surgery. Â During a laminectomy, the lamina bone is removed which is typically encroaching on the nerve. Â The lamina is a bone that bridges the spinous process (pokey part of your spine) and the transverse process, or the side of the vertebra. Â If you are not excited about surgery and have not yet done so, physical therapy can often help to minimize symptoms if not alleviate them completely.