There are several spinal conditions that can cause changes in the spinal foramina, the most common being herniated discs, degenerative disc complications, facet joint syndrome, and spondylosis. Aging, serious injury, or serious wear-and-tear can also be factors to your condition.
If you have the following symptoms, or your condition does not improve with more conservative treatments, you should talk with your doctor about an endoscopic foraminotomy procedure.
• Radiating pain
• Pain that persists for several months
• Limited mobility in the spine
• Weakness, tingling or numbness
The minimally-invasive, endoscopic approach to a foraminotomy allows for your surgeon to remove a small amount of bone in the foramina. This relieves pressure on the nerves and other spinal structures.