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Foraminotomy

Compression-related conditions can cause patient’s debilitating pain and symptoms. During the natural aging process, the elements that make up the spine can begin to degenerate, causing materials to migrate out of their natural location. This can result in compression of the surrounding nerve roots or spinal cord. Patients experiencing this type of compression can suffer from symptoms such as tingling, numbness, radiating pain, localized pain and burning sensations.

Before recommending that any patient undergo surgery, it is best to explore all of the available conservative treatments. These often include swimming, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic care and low-impact exercise.

Though these types of conservative treatments are effective for some patients, they do not always offer the level of relief necessary for patients to get back to living the life that they love. For these patients, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open surgery. Our foraminotomy is used to treat the types of compression described above.

Generally performed through a less than 1-inch incision, the foraminotomy is used to decompress any area of the spine that is being impinged by rogue elements. In order to complete the procedure, the surgeon uses a series of dilating tubes to gently spread apart the muscles, greatly reducing the recovery time associated with the procedure. Once the largest tube is in place, the surgeon is able to successfully complete the procedure.

Conditions treated by a foraminotomy

Living with the devastating pain and symptoms caused by compression-related conditions can ruin a person’s ability to enjoy simple day-to-day activities. At Laser Spine Institute we are committed to helping people find relief from the most common compression-related conditions, including:

  • Bulging disc
  • Pinched nerve
  • Bone spurs
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Foraminal narrowing
  • Herniated disc

If you are suffering from these or other chronic conditions, contact Laser Spine Institute today to see if you may be a candidate for our foraminotomy procedure performed at our Cincinnati center.