Minimally Invasive Laminectomy

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

Agoura Hills / Palmdale / Valencia

 (805) 449-0088

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Specializing in Minimally Invasive Laminectomy

What is minimally invasive laminectomy surgery?

Dr. Virella performs a minimally invasive laminectomy to help ease pain caused by a compressed spinal cord or nerve root. Often referred to as laminectomy decompression, the procedure is most commonly performed as a minimally invasive surgery.

During the procedure, Dr. Virella makes a small incision to access and view the spine. He uses live x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) and tiny surgical instruments to remove the back portion of the vertebral wall known as the lamina. Once the lamina is removed and surrounding bone is carefully shaved and smoothed, the spinal cord and nerve roots are no longer compressed. Patients who undergo the procedure experience significant symptom relief following a short recovery period.

The benefits of a minimally invasive surgery include less pain and scarring, a shorter surgery time, and a quicker recovery. Dr. Virella frequently performs the following surgeries to help patients with neck, back, and/or extremity pain that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment options:

  • Laminectomy of the lumbar (lower back) spine
  • Laminectomy of the cervical (neck) spine

As a leading laminectomy doctor/surgeon in the California, Dr. Virella has helped countless patients improve their symptoms and live a happy, pain-free life.

What conditions does laminectomy surgery treat?

A laminectomy is performed to decompress a compressed spinal cord or nerve root caused by the following:

  • Spinal stenosis. The narrowing of the spinal canal.
  • Osteoarthritis. The wear and tear of vertebral bone and soft tissue.
  • A herniated disc. The protrusion of an intervertebral disc into the spinal canal.

Symptoms that a laminectomy effectively treats include spine and extremity pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling. A laminectomy may also be used to treat sciatica, a condition characterized by a radiating pain in the buttocks, back of the thigh, and leg. Patients who are experiencing symptoms are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Virella so they can receive an official diagnosis and learn more about their laminectomy treatment/procedure options.

If you are ready to find a solution to your back, neck or spine condition contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Virella. With three convenient locations in Agoura Hills, CA, Valencia, CA, and Palmdale, CA, making an appointment is easier than ever.

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Anthony Virella, MD
Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.  Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, is a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery specializing in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Procedures. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Virella specializes in minimally invasive procedures that often require an incision of only an inch or less.

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People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns. If you have these general concerns, please click below to read “A Message from Dr. Virella“.
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Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be- on you.

You’ve already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don’t let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

ANTHONY A. VIRELLA M.D., F.A.C.S