If you have spinal stenosis, you may experience back pain if pressure is being exerted on your spinal cord. To solve this problem, your spine doctor might recommend a surgery known as a laminectomy. The lamina is the bony covering on the back of the vertebra. It covers the spinal canal. During a laminectomy, your spine surgeon will remove part of the lamina. This creates more space within the spinal canal and relieves pressure on your spinal cord.
You can hear more about this surgery by watching this interview with a physician. He explains the spine problems that a laminectomy can resolve and offers some guidance on the typical recovery timeline for spine surgery patients.