Cervical Spine Endoscopic Surgery
Neck pain caused by herniated cervical discs, impinged nerves, or foraminal stenosis, can be extremely painful and debilitating. The ligaments, bones, and muscles in our necks provide support to our head and allow for motion, making it extremely important to maintain our neck and spinal health.
At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, our highly-trained, expert specialists can perform cervical spine endoscopic surgery, an outpatient procedure designed to reduce spinal nerve root compression and relieve pain. Our team will work alongside you during your surgery and provide you with a personalized rehabilitation plan to ensure a quick and healthy recovery.
If you are struggling with conditions such as spinal stenosis or a herniated disc, do not allow your condition to worsen. Schedule your first consultation with the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today. If you’re in an emergency situation, visit the Immediate Care Clinic at our Schaumburg, IL location.
What Is Posterior Foraminotomy & Discectomy?
A Minimally Invasive Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy is a surgical procedure to relieve pain/weakness resulting from a pinched spinal nerve. The surgical procedure is designed to allow for more space for the spinal nerves to pass through reducing spinal nerve root compression.
Typically the patient is under general anesthesia. A small incision about an inch long is made over the treated area. The spine surgeon will use a tubular retractor to access the area, which contributes to keeping the operation minimally invasive. An endoscope is used along with special instruments to remove a small amount of bone to allow access to the nerve root. If the patient’s disc is causing compression of the nerve root, it is carefully lifted and the disc material is removed. This helps take pressure off the nerve root.
A posterior cervical foraminotomy can provide relief of nerve root compression causing pain in the patient with minimal bone removal. The wound is then carefully stitched closed and the patient can go home later that day.