Performed to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots or on the spinal cord in the neck region, cervical laminoforaminotomy is commonly used to treat cervical radiculopathy. The procedure is minimally invasive and is recommended when neck pain is not relieved by more conservative treatment, such as medication and physical therapy.
While the patient is under general anesthesia, the surgeon makes a small incision on the side of the neck. Tiny instruments are used to shave the thin plate of bone called the lamina, which protects the spinal cord. Bone spurs or disc fragments on the foramen (small opening on both sides of the vertebra) are removed before the incision is closed. Patients are usually discharged the same day, with instructions to increase the amount of walking every day.
Recovery times depend on the health of the patient, but usual recovery is within two to four weeks. Your spine surgeon will give you specific information related to your particular condition and lifestyle goals, as well as a detailed description of the surgery and instructions on how to make the best recovery.
Artificial Disc Replacement
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cervical disc disease
Cervical discectomy and fusion
Cervical herniated disc
Cervical spondylosis (degeneration)
Cervical spinal cord injury
Degenerative Disc Disease
Injections for Pain
Lumbar herniated disc
Lumbar spondylosis (degeneration)
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Spinal cord syrinxes
Spinal fractures and instability
Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial and Implantation
Spine and spinal cord tumors
Tethered spinal cord
Thoracic herniated disc
Thoracic spinal cord injury
Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
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