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Foraminotomy Procedure

Utilizing Spinal Decompression Surgery to Relieve Chronic Back Pain

Vertebral injuries can cause intense pain and immobility, due to the fact that sensitive nerves pass through each vertebra via a small opening called a foramen. When the spine is injured, foramina can become compressed and narrowed, which causes pressure on the nerves and leads to chronic back pain. The compassionate surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers perform a minimally invasive foraminotomy procedure called spinal decompression surgery to help expand the spaces in the foramen and give the nerves room to freely pass through the spine without constriction.

If left untreated, foramen narrowing (spinal stenosis) can cause immobility and severe discomfort, so if you start to experience symptoms that indicate the nerves in the spinal column are under excessive pressure, you should talk to a surgeon about the benefits of receiving a foraminotomy.

How Is the Procedure Performed?

Before surgery begins, the patient is examined by one of the highly-trained surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers in order to pinpoint the exact area where the nerve is compressed. Once the precise area is located, the patient is placed under IV sedation and local anesthesia in preparation for the foraminotomy procedure. During spinal decompression surgery, the surgeon creates a small incision directly over the affected area.

Once the incision is made, a tube is then inserted into the back muscles and expanded gradually until it is wide enough for the surgeon to insert an endoscope, a surgical laser, and other small surgical instruments into the area. The surgical instruments are then used to enlarge the foramen and relieve pressure on the nerve.

The Surgeons at miVIP

The dedicated surgeons at miVIP Surgical Centers are highly experienced in providing spinal decompression surgery and other minimally invasive surgical procedures. Patients who are seeking to relieve spinal pain and pressure via a foraminotomy procedure can rest assured that our skilled surgeons use only the most current surgical tools and techniques when performing the procedure.

What to Expect After a Foraminotomy

While every surgery includes some risk of infection and bleeding, the minimally invasive techniques used by the surgeons at miVIP help to lessen these risks while facilitating a quicker recovery time post-surgery. Many patients are able to return home on the same day of their surgery, but some patients may need to stay in the hospital overnight. Physical therapy and rehabilitation is required in order to fully recover from a foraminotomy procedure. Recovery time varies depending on the patient’s physical condition and the extent of the tissue removal, but many patients are able to return to work very quickly. Spinal decompression surgery is usually a fairly uncomplicated procedure that relieves pain almost immediately for many people.

Cost of Procedure

The cost of a foraminotomy varies, depending on health insurance coverage. Because you are responsible for any out-of-pocket costs or deductibles associated with your surgery, it is highly recommended that you discuss the procedure with your insurance company and with our patient advocates to make sure the surgery costs are covered.

Long Term Prognosis

Many patients who undergo a foraminotomy procedure receive pain relief that lasts for many years following their initial surgery. Because we utilize minimally invasive procedures when conducting spinal decompression surgery, the risk of long-term complications is quite low. If you would like to reduce your spinal pain and increase your quality of life, a foraminotomy may be the best surgical option to pursue.

Contact Us Today

The surgical specialists at miVIP are ready and waiting to help relieve your back pain from constricted spinal nerves. To schedule your initial consultation, give us a call at 877.956.2263.

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