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When a Foraminotomy May Be Necessary

This procedure is typically considered for patients experiencing symptoms like arm or leg pain, numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness due to nerve compression. Conditions leading to these symptoms include:

  • Foraminal stenosis, where the foramina narrows and compresses the nerves
  • Herniated discs, which can protrude into the foramina
  • Bone spurs or arthritis of the spine, leading to reduced space in the foramina

In cases where non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy, medications, or injections fail to provide adequate relief, a foraminotomy may be the next step.

The Surgical Procedure

During a foraminotomy, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision near the affected area and uses minimally invasive techniques to access the spine. The bone or tissue causing nerve compression is carefully removed, enlarging the foramen and relieving pressure on the nerve. The incision is then closed with sutures or staples. This procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to go home the same day.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, we are committed to utilizing minimally invasive, cutting-edge techniques in foraminotomies. Our approach includes:

  • Advanced Imaging: To accurately identify the affected foramen and plan the procedure.
  • Minimally Invasive Techniques: Smaller incisions, less muscle disruption, and quicker recovery times.
  • Personalized Care: Each surgery is tailored to the patient’s specific condition and needs.

Post-surgical Care and Recovery:

Recovery time varies, but patients generally can expect a period ranging from a few weeks to a couple of months. Physical therapy is often crucial in regaining strength and flexibility. Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor healing and progress.

At Excel Health, our dedicated team of specialists is committed to providing comprehensive care, from initial consultation through recovery, ensuring a smooth and successful journey back to optimal health.

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