Has anyone had surgery for a lumbar foraminotomy ONLY??
I had a one level fusion last January but have continued to have sciatic pain. I've tried a variety of treatments, but nothing is helping, so have decided to have the surgeon go in and shave off all the gunk that has filled in the L-5 foramen.
I wondered if anyone has had this done without any other procedure and how long the recovery was. I know it will be much easier than the fusion, but he still has to cut through the first incision and through that big back muscle.
Thanks for any input you might have.