Minimally Invasive Foraminotomy

Minimally Invasive Foraminotomy Overview

An Endoscopic Foraminotomy is a minimally invasive spine surgery used to remove pressure from pinched nerves, caused by compression usually from a bone disc or a bone spur.

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Advantages of Minimally Invasive

  • Minimally Invasive
  • Short recovery
  • Less postoperative pain
  • High Success rate
  • Preservation of spinal mobility
  • Local Anesthesia
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Same-day surgery with no hospitalization (outpatient procedure)
  • Small incision and minimal scar tissue formation

Conditions Treated with Minimally Invasive Foraminotomy

A foraminotmy enlarges or open the narrowed area allowing a pinched nerve to be released. Some of the conditions that may benefit from this procedure are bulging or herniated disc, bone spurs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and sciatica.

  • Spinal Stenosis

    Spinal stenosis narrows and encumbers openings in the spine that allow nerve passage. Stenosis is usually preceded by indicators of more commonly found conditions such as bone spurs and herniated discs. As time progresses and other conditions are of the spine are not addressed, it may progress to spinal stenosis.

  • Herniated Disc

    A herniated disc occurs when the inner disc material, called the nucleus, pushes through the tough outer wall of the disc. When this bulging area comes into contact with surrounding nerves it causes pain, tingling and discomfort that can be felt locally and also down the nerve’s path that it follows.

  • Sciatica

    A pinched nerve in the spine that is sending pain signals to the buttocks, hamstring (back of leg), or further down one or both legs. Sciatica can result from a variety of problems with the discs or other problems in the lower back.