Minimally invasive decompression surgery for foraminal stenosis

Decompression surgery for foraminal stenosis is performed to address debilitating symptoms related to narrowing of the nerve root exits in the spine, which are called foramina. When this vital space is constricted, excess pressure can be placed on the nerve roots, resulting in localized and radiating pain, numbness and weakness. While conservative treatments are often effective in providing lasting relief, surgery can become an option if weeks or months go by and everyday activities are still disrupted.

The goal of foraminal stenosis decompression surgery is to access the affected region of the spine and remove displaced spinal anatomy. This can be accomplished through several surgical techniques and approaches. After a full evaluation, a surgeon can determine the best procedure for an individual patient during a personal consultation.

Treatment options at Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute has a team of board-certified surgeons+ who perform minimally invasive nerve decompression procedures as an alternative to highly invasive traditional open neck or back surgery performed in a hospital. Our nerve decompression surgeries that can treat foraminal stenosis include:

  • Discectomy — surgically removes a portion of a bulging or herniated disc that is putting excess pressure on the spinal cord or an exiting nerve root
  • Laminotomy — partial removal of a vertebral lamina to create more space for compressed nerve roots or the spinal cord
  • Foraminotomy — the surgical widening of a constricted foramen to prevent nerve roots from being compressed

We also offer facet thermal ablation, a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a laser is used to desensitize painful nerve endings in a spinal facet joint that has become inflamed due to arthritis.

The minimally invasive advantage

Minimally invasive decompression surgery at Laser Spine Institute can be performed on an outpatient basis because of the muscle-sparing techniques involved in these procedures. Our surgeons access the spine with a less than 1-inch incision and then use a series of dilating tubes to push aside muscles and reach the area of nerve compression. Patients experience less risk of complication and go on to experience a shorter recovery time in comparison to traditional open spine procedures.^

Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck or back pain since 2005. To find out if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today for a no-cost MRI review.*