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A surgical procedure to remove a small portion of lamina to remove a herniated disc that is causing back pain and/or leg pain, numbness or muscle weakness. When an intervertebral disc ruptures in the spine, it puts pressure on one or more nerve roots (often called nerve root compression). This causes pain and other symptoms in the neck, arms, back and legs.



A surgical procedure to remove the lamina, the back part (or “roof”) of the vertebra that covers your spinal canal. By removing the lamina, the procedure increases the space for your spinal canal and relieves pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves. While a Laminectomy is the complete removal of the lamina, a Laminotomy involves only partial removal.

Dr. Cluck


Dr. Michael W. Cluck is a recognized expert in the surgical management of spinal disorders including herniated cervical and lumbar discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, arthroplasty (disc replacement), and spinal stabilization and fusion for traumatic and degenerative spinal instability and deformity.

Dr. Cluck and the Valley Spine Care team are highly trained experts in minimally invasive spine surgery that will return you to an active, pain free, lifestyle in the shortest time possible.

If you're in need of a neck and back surgeon in Merced don't hesitate to get in touch today!

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