A foraminotomy is performed to relieve the symptoms of nerve root compression in cases where the foramen is being compressed by bone, disc, scar tissue, or excessive ligament development and results in a pinched nerve.
The procedure is often performed as a minimally invasive procedure in which an incision is made in the back of the neck, the muscle peeled away to reveal the bone underneath, and a small hole cut into the vertebra itself. Through this hole, using an arthroscope, the foramen can be visualized, and the impinging bone or disk material removed.
FIRST LADY UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL POSTERIOR CERVICAL FORAMINOTOMY TO RELIEVE PRESSURE ON PINCHED NERVES IN HER NECK
Sep 08, 2007; The White House's Office of the First Lady issued the following statement: Statement by Press Secretary Sally McDonough Earlier...