Foraminotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to expand the opening in the spinal column where the nerve roots exit the spinal canal. Its purpose is to relieve the pressure resulting from foraminal stenosis. This is a painful condition caused by a narrowing of the foramen, the opening within each of the spinal bones that allows nerve roots to pass through.

degen_disc_types_label_illus51Conditions to Treat with Foraminotomy:

  1. Herniated Disc
  2. Foraminal Stenosis
  3. Bulging Disc
  4. Arthritis of the Spine
  5. Herniated Disc
  6. Bone Spurs
  7. Sciatica
  8. Pinched Nerve

Common Symptoms

  1. Shooting pain — Since the passageway (foramina) that carries the nerve roots from the spine to other parts of the body is compressed, many patients experience shooting pain either in the shoulder and arm or in the buttock and leg. In very severe cases, the pain may reach the hand or the foot.
  2. Numbness and stiffnessIf the foraminal stenosis is found in the lower back, you may experience numbness and stiffness in your back and legs. This can increase when standing or sitting in the same position for too long.
  3. Loss of bladder and/or bowel controlThis symptom only occurs in very severe cases. If you are experiencing this symptom, seek medical help immediately.

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