Foraminotomy is a surgical procedure used to relieve compressed or pinched nerves in the spinal column. The human spine is made up of 24 vertebrae. Each of these vertebral bones has a hole in its center through which nerves, and arteries can pass. This hole, or opening, is called a “foramen.”
Sometimes the nerves that pass through the foramen can become pinched or displaced Disc herniations, bone spurs, bulging discs and sciatica can cause a lot of pain and inhibiting mobility. A foraminotomy can help reduce pain and increase movement by freeing up the pinched spinal nerves.
This procedure is relatively simple and effective, and often takes under an hour. You will be able to walk out of the hospital only a few hours after the surgery is complete.
Recovery time varies from person to person, and you will be told by your surgeon when you can safely return to work and other activities.
Minnesota Foraminotomy Surgeons
If you are suffering from back pain from a pinched nerve, a foraminotomy may be your best treatment option. Contact Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720 or ‘click here’ to schedule an appointment with a surgeon and determine whether you are a candidate for this minimally invasive surgical procedure.