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The cervical laminectomy and its microsurgical cousin, the posterior cervical foramenotomy, are surgeries designed to decompress pinched nerves and the spinal cord. Small cervical disc herniations may also be removed this way. These operations are done from the back side of the neck. Although these used to be the mainstays of treatment for spinal problems in the neck, the recent trend has been toward operation done from the front of the neck. These are still very good operations, and just the right answer for certain specific situations. They can be inpatient or outpatient surgeries. Patients tend to have sore neck muscles for a while after surgery.