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An endoscopic foraminotomy is a surgery that uses minimally invasive techniques to expand the intervertebral foramina. Foramina are the tiny openings in your spinal vertebrae through which the spinal cord and other nerves pass.
In most patients, the endoscopic technique is preferred over a more traditional open surgery. This kind of procedure means the recovery time is generally faster and it requires less invasive techniques.
IS ENDOSCOPIC FORAMINOTOMY RIGHT FOR ME?
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.
AM I CANDIDATE FOR ENDOSCOPIC FORAMINOTOMY?
The foraminotomy procedures helps to relieve pressure on spinal nerves and blood vessels, which can provide a patient relief from pain and other symptoms. We use this endoscopic approach at Alexander Bone and Spine Institute as an outpatient procedure, and typically our patients are able to leave on the same day.
All surgeries come with some kind of risk, but if you are suffering from continuous pain, weakness or numbness, and non-surgical treatments have not provided you with relief, you may want to discuss endoscopic foraminotomy with your doctor.
Contact us today at Alexander Bone and Spine Institute for an appointment to discuss options to help with your condition – we look forward to hearing from you!