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Laminectomy is the process in which the surgeon will remove part or all of the vertebral bone, or lamina, in order to relieve compression on the spinal cord or nerves surrounding the area that are causing the injury. This surgical procedure can also perform removals of herniated disks and tumors. While asleep under general anesthesia, or awake with the use of spinal anesthesia, the surgeon will make an incision in a mapped out area of the back, spread muscle and tissue to expose the area, and then the lamina is removed from the back/spinal cord region. In some cases, a spinal fusion in where two or more bones are connected to produce stability among the spine may be performed during the initial surgical procedure.