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Posterior Foraminotomy


Northshore surgeons, Dr. K. Samer Shamieh, Dr. Justin L. Owen, Dr. Jeremy James and Dr. Sean Michael Rider are conservative, minimally-invasive spine surgeons. At DISC of Louisiana we will work with you to treat a vertebral compression fracture non-surgically first. If the pain does not subside, a surgery will be recommended.

Posterior Foraminotomy

If you suffer symptoms of a spinal pinched nerve, the spine surgeon may be able to perform this procedure instead of an Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion, also called an ACDF. The surgeon will access the spine from the back or the neck, and create more space for the spinal nerve to pass through. In specific cases, the Posterior Foraminotomy can relieve your symptoms without needing to fuse two parts of the cervical vertebra together.


DISC of Louisiana offers spinal procedures using minimally invasive techniques. It means smaller incisions, sometimes less than an inch, that is often covered with a band-aid. The minimally invasive spine surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through the tiny incisions to access the damaged disc. Unlike traditional “open” spine surgery, entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues. Less muscle and tissue damage results in less pain and a faster recovery. Click here to learn more.

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