Foraminotomy for spinal stenosis

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 weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment have proven ineffective.

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 pain. To learn more about spinal stenosis — which is narrowing of the spine — 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 your symptoms have continued after months of conservative treatment as prescribed by your physician, you may want to consider surgery.

Laser Spine Institute’s alternative

During a foraminotomy, one of the minimally invasive spine surgery procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons use state-of-the-art technology to access the source of the narrowing and clean out bone, tissue or other blockages that are the source of painful symptoms. Laser Spine Institute’s foraminotomy for spinal stenosis:

  • Is minimally invasive
  • Is performed in a comfortable, outpatient setting
  • Offers a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open spine procedures

At Laser Spine Institute, we use minimally invasive, outpatient techniques to perform our foraminotomy procedures. If you would like a no-cost review* of your MRI, or if you would like to learn more about whether you are a candidate for our procedures, contact us today.

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