Lots of factors can contribute to chronic neck and back pain, including underlying diseases, degenerative conditions, trauma and even personal habits. And while some of these issues can be effectively treated with nonsurgical treatment approaches, when an underlying condition causes the spine to press on or “crowd” the nerves that travel through the spinal column, a state-of-the-art surgical procedure like laminoforaminotomy can be an ideal solution for providing long-term pain relief.
What is laminoforaminotomy?
Laminoforaminotomy is a surgical procedure designed to widen the spaces inside the spine and in the foramina, the spaces between each pair of vertebrae where the nerves exit the spine and travel to other areas of the body. Normally, there’s ample space for the nerves to pass through these areas without constriction. But sometimes, certain medical conditions like spinal stenosis or bone spurs can cause the spaces inside the vertebrae or in the foramina to become narrow, and the nerves can become compressed or “pinched,” resulting in chronic pain.
Laminoforaminotomy removes a small portion of the bone from the lamina or top portion of the vertebra and from the foramina, essentially widening these spaces so nerves are no longer compressed.
How is laminoforaminotomy performed?
Laminoforaminotomy can be performed on an outpatient basis using minimally invasive techniques with very small incisions, reducing discomfort and recovery time so patients can resume normal activities much faster compared to traditional invasive spinal surgery.
During the procedure, a small incision is made over the spine, and the overlying muscles and soft tissues are moved aside to expose the surgical site. This approach allows the muscles and other tissues to remain intact, decreasing bleeding and tissue damage for less post-op discomfort. A tiny camera is inserted into the incision and used to take real-time video of the treatment area, transmitting magnified images to a monitor where the surgeon can view them. Special instruments designed for minimally-invasive surgeries are used to carefully remove portions of the spine, then the incision is closed and covered with a bandage.
Is laminoforaminotomy right for me?
Laminoforaminotomy can be an ideal solution for many men and women with chronic pain, numbness and other symptoms in the back, arms, legs, neck and shoulders, but it’s not always the best approach. The first step in determining if laminoforaminotomy is right for you is to schedule an evaluation with Southern Laser Spine. Our medical team is skilled in performing in-depth assessments to ensure each patient receives the most appropriate treatment based on their specific needs for long-term relief of pain and an improved quality of life. Contact Southern Laser Spine today by clicking the button below or calling us at 305-901-1268 to schedule your free consultation.