What tests are needed prior to laminoplasty?

Several tests will be required before laminoplasty in order to help the doctor understand if this intervention is necessary and how it should be performed.

Prior to laminoplasty, your surgeon will need to examine your spine to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. You will have to go through several exams so that your doctor will have a more precise understanding of where the compression is located.

These tests will also help your doctor determine how severe your condition is and what amount of compression or pressure you are dealing with.

Preoperative tests for laminoplasty

Before any surgery, an extensive patient assessment is necessary to allow medical specialists to take the proper measures for minimizing surgical risks.

Laminoplasty is recommended only after a thorough investigation, which may include:

  • physical examination: analyzing the condition of the spine, as well as the overall health and mental status
  • medical history: gathering information about pre-existing conditions or medical interventions and allergies
  • diagnostic imaging tests: X-rays, CT scans, or MRI

When considering laminoplasty, make sure you consult a qualified spine surgeon who will identify what type of symptoms you need to relieve and what tests to recommend to avoid any potential operative complications.


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