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 several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment have proven ineffective. To learn more about a minimally invasive foraminotomy, read the following article.

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. To learn more about spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spine as well as the 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 you have not found adequate relief from the conservative treatments prescribed by your doctor, you may want to consider surgery. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive foraminotomy procedures.

Laser Spine Institute’s foraminotomy procedures

During a foraminotomy, which is one of the minimally invasive decompression procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified surgeons+ 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:

  • Uses a small incision and muscle-sparing techniques
  • Is performed in an outpatient setting
  • Offers no lengthy recovery^

If you would like a free MRI review,* or if you would like to learn more about whether you are a candidate for our procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today.

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