Although there are many factors to consider, such as the cost of a foraminotomy and the foraminotomy success rate, it is important to also judge the cost vs. the surgeons expertise. Doing a little bit of leg work and looking into the reputation of the surgeon you are considering should be a priority in making your decision. Other key factors you should consider include the surgeon’s formal training, is the surgery board certified, what is the surgeon’s foraminotomy success rate, does the surgeon listen to your concerns and answer your questions to your satisfaction, as well as anything else you would deem important.
Before we talk about foraminotomy recovery we should touch on the basics of preparation for your surgery. If you have already undergone your procedure and are just looking for tips for lumbar foraminotomy recovery or cervical foraminotomy recovery you can jump right to that section.
With the different ways that a surgery can be performed it can be a little overwhelming trying to understand what will happen when you are on the operating table. Whether it is a bilateral foraminotomy, a posterior foraminotomy, or an anterior foraminotomy the goal of the surgery will be the same; enlarge the foramen to relieve nerve compression. The main difference in these foraminotomy techniques is the direction the surgeon approaches the foramen.
What is a foraminotomy?
A foraminotomy is a surgical procedure designed to relieve nerve compression causing pain and numbness in the back and extremities. Nerve root compression is addressed by enlarging the foraminal canal. The procedure is only be performed to correct nerve compression caused by the intervertebral foramina.