The spine surgeon will work to explore all options and identify the most effective and least invasive method possible while ensuring optimum level of recovery. Surgical procedures that can be performed to treat foraminal stenosis include:
A foraminotomy is used to remove the disc fragments, overgrown ligaments and bone spurs from the neural foramen. This increases the space around the neural foramen and relieves the compression of the spinal nerves.
A laminotomy is a procedure where the lamina, the flattened or arched part of the vertebral arch, is removed in smaller parts on one or both sides of the spine creating small holes between the laminae.