A foraminotomy is a surgical procedure which enlarges the area around a vertebra to attempt to relieve pressure from a pinched or compressed nerve. Your surgeon will make an incision in the back of your neck and remove whatever pressure on the spinal nerve is present.
A narrowing of your spinal column, or spinal stenosis, is most commonly caused by arthritis of the spine. Other typical causes are:
- Bone Spurs
- Disc degeneration
During your procedure, you will be under general anesthesia and your surgeon will make a small incision just beside your spine at the level of the affected vertebrae. Once your incision has been made, your surgeon will expose the foramen and remove the blockage, relieving pressure on your nerves.
Typically, you’ll be sitting up in bed within a few hours post-surgery. You may need to avoid bending or twisting your neck immediately after surgery and may need to wear a soft collar. Depending on your work, you may need to avoid heavy activity during your recovery. Depending on your recovery, you may need to see a physical therapist to aid in strength and movement exercises.