Laser Spine Institute Treatment Options for Foraminal Stenosis
For patients who have been diagnosed with foraminal stenosis, there are a number of treatment options available. Usually, physicians recommend that patients begin addressing their symptoms using conservative treatments such as physical therapy and pain medications — and these approaches are typically successful at providing some degree of relief. In the rare cases that these options don’t work, surgery may be recommended. At Laser Spine Institute, our experienced surgeons perform several procedures that can address the underlying cause of the stenosis, in turn quelling the symptoms.
Depending on what is causing the stenosis, or narrowing, of the foramen, and depending on how serious the condition is, the surgeons at Laser Spine Institute can use different minimally invasive procedures to treat the condition.
The narrowing of a foramen can impinge on the nerve roots that run through these canals, causing pain and other symptoms. One of the procedures commonly utilized to address this issue is the foraminotomy — a procedure that involves clearing the spinal foramen of extraneous tissue and debris. By widening the foramen and relieving the pressure placed on nerve roots, this procedure can eliminate the pain, weakness or numbness that such an impingement can cause.
Spinal fusion information
Another Laser Spine Institute procedure that could address foraminal stenosis is minimally invasive stabilization. Intended for patients with more advanced stenosis, this procedure includes removal of an intervertebral disc and subsequent fusion of the adjacent vertebrae. This approach relieves symptoms when a herniated disc is obstructing the foramen and interfering with the nerve roots running through it. Our fusion procedures can be performed in different areas of the spine, depending on where the affected disc is located.
To receive more information about Laser Spine Institute’s treatment options for foraminal stenosis, and to receive a review of your MRI report or CT scan, contact us today.