A foraminotomy is a minimally invasive procedure to relieve excess pressure of a nerve located in the spinal column. It helps reduce pain resulting from the pressure on the nerve and can be performed on any part of the spine. A bundle of nerves exit your spine through an opening called “neural foramen” and when those openings become narrow, it will put pressure on the nerves.
A foraminotomy is performed by a board certified spine surgeon to remove 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.
Spinal nerves branch out to form part of the peripheral nervous system, which can cause symptoms to radiate to other parts of the body. A foraminotomy is meant to treat the condition at its core to provide lasting relief.
The procedure is performed with the patient lying in a face down position and a small incision is made over the affected area of the spine.