What is Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy?
A cervical posterior foraminotomy is a minimally invasive form of surgery, designed to help create additional space where the nerve root exits the spinal cord.
Depending on the severity of your condition, this procedure also may remove any part of the spinal disc that is pushing on the nerve.
Why is a Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy Performed?
This kind of surgery is performed when patients are experiencing severe pain in their neck, arms, or hands from the compressed nerve roots.
Without treatment, the nerve compression can cause your pain to worsen and can even cause immobility.
How is a Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy Performed?
A Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy is a form of minimally invasive surgery, performed through a small incision in the back of your neck. Dr. Callewart will then move your muscles to the side, and the bone that sits over the spinal nerve is carefully removed.
From here, he will create space around your compressed spinal nerves by removing portions of the bone as needed.
What Should I Expect After a Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy?
When you wake up from the surgery, you may experience some tenderness. Your recovery can take 4-6 weeks, but some patients can continue to heal for up to a year after surgery. Physical therapy can help you to heal faster, but it’s important that you speak to Dr. Callewart before completing any form of exercise after the surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy
2. How painful is a Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy?
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so you will not feel pain during the surgery. After the surgery, you may feel some tenderness but Dr. Callewart will prescribe pain medication as needed.
1. Does a Foraminotomy weaken the spine?
Yes, a foraminotomy can weaken the spine. If this is a concern for you, your doctor will discuss this ahead of any treatment provided.