Foraminal stenosis surgery – an overview of surgical approaches

Before you commit to undergoing foraminal stenosis surgery, you should thoroughly research all of your surgical options so you can make an informed decision about the best procedure for your needs. For many patients, foraminal stenosis surgery can be performed as a traditional open spine surgery or as a minimally invasive spine surgery. While both surgical procedures come with potential risks and benefits, patients who choose minimally invasive spine surgery often experience lower risks of complication and a shorter recovery time^, comparatively.

As you research the different options for foraminal stenosis surgery, reach out to your physician or our team at Laser Spine Institute to answer any questions you may have.

Understanding the differences between types of foraminal stenosis surgery

There are many differences between traditional open spine surgery and minimally invasive surgery. One of the main differences is the initial incision.

Traditional open spine surgery uses a large incision, often about five inches in length, to access the spine. This incision cuts through the surrounding muscles, increasing the risk of excessive blood loss and nerve damage, as well as extending the recovery time. At Laser Spine Institute, we use a less than 1-inch incision during our procedures to access the spine. This minimizes the cutting or tearing of surrounding muscles, allowing our patients to benefit from a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication.

Purpose of foraminal stenosis surgery

While there are many benefits to choosing minimally invasive foraminal stenosis surgery over traditional open spine surgery, both options have the same purpose — to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve in the narrowed foraminal canal.

This goal can be achieved through a series of methods, depending on the cause of your foraminal stenosis and the severity of your condition. If a bone spur is causing your foraminal canal to narrow, then the focus of the surgery will be to remove the bone spur. If your foraminal canal is narrowing due to natural aging changes in the spine, then a minimally invasive foraminal stenosis surgery can focus on restoring space to this area of the spine.

Next steps

To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive foraminal stenosis surgery and the other treatment options available for this condition, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. Let us provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.