Foraminotomy

By | April 8, 2015

Foraminotomies require the surgeon to work in a tight space containing an inflamed nerve.

Foraminotomies require the surgeon to work in a tight space containing an inflamed nerve.

Like facetectomy, foraminotomy is a surgical technique that opens up a single diseased neural foramen. It goes without saying that as a stand-alone procedure it should be used in cases of pure foraminal stenosis, uncomplicated by disc disease, central spinal stenosis or instability resulting from spondylolisthesis. When combined with facetectomy or lumbar interbody fusion as is common on our patients here at Schlesinger Pain Centers foraminotomy can be used to decompress individual nerves without greatly increasing the scope of the surgical dissection. As with facetectomies, foraminotomies are sometimes a better test of a surgeon’s skills than some supposedly larger procedures, because the work is done in a very tight space right next to the irritated nerve. When well done the patients recover quickly and fully. When poorly done…


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