Your spine is made up of vertebrae stacked on top of each other. There are discs in between each vertebra to allow the spine to move freely without affecting the surrounding nerves. There is a small, narrow passageway on both sides of the vertebrae which allows the nerve roots to travel from the spinal cord to other areas of the body. This narrow passageway is called the foramina. When the foramina becomes narrowed due to a bulging disc or other spine conditions, foraminal stenosis occurs. Foraminal stenosis literally means the narrowing of the foraminal spine.
Since the foramina is the section of the spine that carries the nerve roots to other areas of the body, having a spine condition that obstructs one of those nerves can be extremely painful and debilitating. Our minimally invasive foraminotomy procedure removes whatever is compressing the nerve in your foramina to help you find relief from your chronic pain. The advancement of our minimally invasive techniques allows our surgeons to complete this procedure without affecting your surrounding muscles and compromising the stability of your spine.