Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy

Cervical posterior foraminotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure aimed at relieving pressure on nerve roots in the cervical spine. It is commonly performed to treat conditions such as cervical radiculopathy, herniated discs, or foraminal stenosis. During the procedure, the surgeon removes a portion of the bone or tissue that is compressing the nerve root, thereby alleviating pain and restoring function.


The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision in the back of the neck and uses specialized instruments to access the affected nerve root through the neural foramen, the opening through which the nerve exits the spinal canal. Using microsurgical techniques, the surgeon removes any bone spurs, disc material, or other structures that are impinging on the nerve, relieving pressure and restoring proper nerve function.

Benefits of Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy:

  1. Minimally Invasive: Compared to traditional open surgeries, cervical posterior foraminotomy is minimally invasive, resulting in smaller incisions, less tissue damage, and faster recovery times.
  2. Nerve Decompression: By removing the source of compression on the nerve root, cervical posterior foraminotomy can effectively relieve pain, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms associated with cervical radiculopathy.
  3. Preservation of Spinal Stability: Unlike some other spinal surgeries, posterior foraminotomy aims to preserve spinal stability and motion, minimizing the risk of adjacent segment degeneration.
  4. High Success Rate: Cervical posterior foraminotomy has a high success rate in relieving symptoms and improving patient outcomes, with many patients experiencing significant pain relief and restored function.

Is Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy Right for You?

The decision to undergo cervical posterior foraminotomy is highly individualized and should be made in consultation with a qualified spine surgeon. Factors such as the extent of nerve compression, overall spinal health, and individual preferences will influence the treatment approach.

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