Decompression (surgery)

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In medicine, Decompression refers to the removal or repositioning of any structure compressing any other structure.

Common examples include decompressive craniectomy (removal of part of the skull to relieve pressure on the brain), and spinal decompression to relieve pressure on nerve roots.[1]


  1. ^ An, HS; Al-Shihabi, L; Kurd, M (July 2014). "Surgical treatment for ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the cervical spine". The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 22 (7): 420–9. doi:10.5435/JAAOS-22-07-420. PMID 24966248.