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.

 

Northshore surgeons, Dr. K. Samer Shamieh, and Dr. Jeremy James 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.

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The Posterior Foraminotomy Procedure

Incision

You will be laying face down on the operating table. A 1 to 2 inch incision is made.

Access

The surgeon will access your spine through the back of your neck

Removal

Tissue pressing on nerve roots is removed along with a small portion of bone. The foramen is opened. Depending on the patient, this procedure could also include the removal of a disc, or bone spurs.

Results

A successful procedure will allow patients to feel the same relief felt in a Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) procedure but without the need to fuse the bone or the insertion of a bone graft. A Posterior Foraminotomy can be done as an outpatient procedure and can lead to a quicker recovery.

 

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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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