Spinal nerve compression can cause a number of unfortunate symptoms including pain, burning and tingling sensations and trouble walking or balancing. Luckily, the board-certified spine surgeons at La Peer Health Systems’ Spine Center of Excellence offer foraminotomy as a treatment for spinal nerve compression and spinal stenosis.
Who Needs Foraminotomy?
Patients undergo foraminotomy surgery for a number of reasons, the most common being spinal stenosis. A narrowing of the spinal canal, spinal stenosis occurs when the ligaments in the spine thicken or harden to compress the spinal cord and nerves. Spinal stenosis can result from bone spurs, fractures, tumors and even just the normal wear and tear that accompanies the aging process. Some patients may possess a genetic predisposition for spinal stenosis, and the condition is slightly more common in women than in men.
Undergoing Foraminotomy Surgery
Foraminotomy is a surgical procedure to relieve compression by removing the bone and tissue that is pressing on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Our spine surgery specialists can perform foraminotomy as an endoscopic procedure
During a foraminotomy, the surgeons insert a serious of small dilators (tubes of increasing size) into a one-inch incision in the back. Using this technique allows our spine surgeons to move around the surrounding muscle rather than cutting through it. After the last dilator has been inserted, doctors attach a tube-shaped retractor connected to a clamp. Using a microscope for improved visualization, the surgeon removes the bone or tissue causing the nerve compression.
Typically, foraminotomy surgery takes about an hour. Many patients experience immediate relief after undergoing foraminotomy.
Recovery After Foraminotomy
After the procedure, patients can generally go home within an hour or two. Most patients see a profound improvement in their pain levels within three months of having the procedure, and few experience negative side effects related to foraminotomy.
Some patients require physical therapy after foraminotomy. Doctors may also advise patients to wear a neck brace. Following your surgeon’s instructions meticulously can help you achieve a great result after foraminotomy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I need to have anesthesia to undergo foraminotomy?
A: The surgeons at the Spine Center of Excellence can perform foraminotomy as an endoscopic procedure with local anesthesia.
Q: What are the advantages of an endoscopic foraminotomy?
A: The advantages of endoscopic foraminotomy include a reduced risk of infection, minimal blood less and less scar tissue formation.
Q: When can I go home after foraminotomy?
A: You will be able to leave our Beverly Hills facility within a couple hours of undergoing facility.
Q: When can I start working out after foramintomy?
A: You can resume some activity almost immediately after having foraminotomy. However, you should avoid participating in high-impact sports or exercises for 3-6 months.
Q: Who is a good candidate for foraminotomy?
A: If less invasive treatments are not relieving your spine pain, you may be a good candidate for foraminotomy. Talk to our spine specialists to see if this treatment is right for you.
Contact Our Expert Spine Surgeons
Spine pain and compression can affect your ability to participate in activities you once enjoyed. Schedule an appointment at the Spine Center of Excellence by calling (888) 564-1419 or contact us online today.
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