Foraminotomy for spinal stenosis is a surgical procedure usually performed as a last resort if you have not found relief from conservative treatments like physical therapy or pain medication. In most cases, this approach is only used after several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment have proven ineffective. To learn more about a minimally invasive foraminotomy, read the following article.
What is a foraminotomy?
The opening between vertebrae where nerves leave the spinal column and extend to other parts of your body is called the foramen. This area can be narrowed by conditions like an arthritic bone spur or herniated disc material, resulting in severe nerve compression. To learn more about spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spine as well as the causes, symptoms and treatment options, visit our spinal stenosis diagnosis and spinal stenosis treatments pages.
A foraminotomy is a decompression surgery that can relieve pressure on compressed spinal nerves and nerve roots. If your pain is severely limiting activities, like running errands, your job or time with family, and you have not found adequate relief from the conservative treatments prescribed by your doctor, you may want to consider surgery. If this is the case for you, contact USA Spine Care to learn about our minimally invasive foraminotomy procedures.
USA Spine Care’s foraminotomy procedures
During a foraminotomy, which is one of the minimally invasive decompression procedures performed at USA Spine Care, our board-certified surgeons+ access the source of the narrowing and clean out bone, tissue or other blockages that are the source of painful symptoms.
Uses a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques
Is performed in an outpatient setting
Offers no lengthy recovery^
If you would like a free MRI review,* or if you would like to learn more about whether you are a candidate for our procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today.
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If you're living with spinal stenosis in the upper spine and searching for relief, reach out to USA Spine Care for help. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping people develop the right care plan to reach treatment goals and achieve lasting relief.
Patients can expect recovery to last 4-6 weeks in most cases (depending on the complexity of your condition). People who choose minimally invasive spine surgery recover faster and get back to work sooner than those who choose open back surgery. Read more in the links below: Recovery After a ProcedureWhat to ExpectRecovery Times
Problems from anesthesia.
A deep infection in the surgical wound.
A skin infection.
Nerve injury, including weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
Tears in the fibrous tissue that covers the spinal cord and the nerve near the spinal cord. These tears may require more surgery.
Trouble passing urine, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Long-term (chronic) pain, which happens after surgery in some cases.
The chance that the surgery won't relieve your symptoms. And even if you get better with surgery, there is a chance that you may get new symptoms in the future.
Death from problems caused by surgery, but this is rare.
^Results are typical, but not guaranteed, each patients experience with spine surgery will differ.
For more information, visit usaspinecare.com/results. The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to serve as a replacement for a medical diagnosis.
*Our MRI review is an informational review of the MRI report that you provide to us and is not a form of diagnosis. A diagnosis and a final determination of whether you may benefit from treatment at USA Spine Care can only be made after you have been physically examined by our medical professionals at USA Spine Care. The MRI review has no value and will not be billed.