Anterior Cervical Foraminotomy Dallas, TX
A foraminotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to expand the opening in the spinal column where the nerve roots exit the spinal canal. Its purpose is to relieve the pressure resulting from the foraminal stenosis. This is a painful condition caused by a narrowing of the foramen, the opening within each of the spinal bones that allows nerve roots to pass through.
An anterior cervical foraminotomy is performed on the upper spine in the cervical, or neck, region. It frees the affected nerve from pressure and allows it to move again within the spinal column.
The patient is given general anesthesia and an incision is made at the front of the neck, typically within a natural skin crease, for access through an anterior approach. A portion of bone is cut or shaved down to open up the passageway of the foramen. If any disc fragments or bone spurs are present, they are removed.
After the surgery, patients are generally required to wear a soft neck collar to limit their head and neck movement. Physical therapy may be recommended for the first several weeks after surgery. The full recovery time is usually between two and three months.