Foraminotomy

Patients suffering from chronic neck or back pain could be suffering from a compressed nerve in the spine, which could have effects on your day-to-day life. While there are many different reasons why nerves in the spine can become compressed, the symptoms are often similar, including pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the arm or leg.

At Axis Brain & Back Institute, we know the everyday struggles that those suffering from compressed nerves in the spine face. Our patients often have problems for several years and several failed treatment methods before coming to us. One common procedure we perform is our minimally invasive Foraminotomy surgery, which helps relieve the pain that comes from the compressed nerves.

Our minimally invasive surgeries are performing by making a small incision, so you have shorter recovery times. A Foraminotomy not only treats the pain, but heals the condition to help you find lasting relief.

If you are experiencing chronic pain that you believe is caused by a compressed or pinched nerve in your spine, contact Dr. Aryan, Dr. Rubin, or any member of our spine care team to learn more about our Foraminotomy procedure to find out if it is the right treatment option for you. Don’t let pain control your life, but get BACK@IT and schedule your free MRI review so we can go over your medical history.

About Minimally Invasive Foraminotomy

The foraminotomy procedure is performed to relieve the pain that is caused by foraminal stenosis. The foramina is a narrow passageway on either side of your vertebrae which helps the nerve roots travel from the spinal cord to the rest of the body. However, sometimes, this passageway can grow narrower due to spinal conditions such as a bulging disc, which is when foraminal stenosis happens.

Our minimally invasive foraminal procedure removes the cause of the nerve compression in the foramina, helping to provide you with lasting relief from your chronic pain. This can be done without impacting the muscles around the discs, keeping your spine fully stable and leading to the shorter recovery times that we experience.

Being that the foramina carries the nerve roots to the other side of the body, any compression or obstruction of the nerves can have a life-changing impact due to the pain caused. If you are going through this, let Dr. Aryan or Dr. Rubin help you decide if this is the right procedure to help you get BACK@IT.

Symptoms Helped by Foraminotomy
While symptoms can be different depending on the person, the severity of the injury, and the cause of the injury, there are some common symptoms that get treated by the Foraminotomy procedure. Among them are:

– Numbness and stiffness – For those suffering from foraminal stenosis in the lower back, there is often a feeling of numbness or stiffness in the back and legs, which gets worse when you maintain the same position for a period of time.

– Sharp pain – Many patients experience sharp or shooting pain in the buttocks and leg or shoulder and arm, depending on where the obstruction is occurring. In the most serious cases, this shooting pain can even reach the foot or hand.

– Lack of bladder and bowel control
– While rare, this symptom can occur during extreme cases of foraminal stenosis. Those suffering these symptoms should look for medical help right away.

If you find yourself experiencing any of these conditions, contact us today to schedule your free MRI review so we can help you find a treatment option that is right for you. Don’t let pain take over your life, but take control and find a solution that will get you back to living the life you want!

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