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Posterior Foraminotomy info....

VerminatorVVerminator Posts: 24
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am glad to say my NS told me it was just bone spurs causing the nerve issues. The normal pain in the arm, numbness, tingling.....yada yada.
I cant find alot of post-op stories for this surgery.
Any info would be great.

Thanks and good luck to all,



  • You can read all about bone spurs here:


    You are not finding much information on the surgery because a foraminotomy is often done in conjunction with other surgeries like a laminectomy or discectomy and certainly with a fusion.

    The foramina are supposed to be openings that the spinal nerves use to exit the spinal cord to go out to parts of the body. With arthritic conditions, bone spurs, degeneration, etc. the openings begin to close up and the nerve cannot pass freely. The foraminotomy simply enlarges the hole to make more room for the nerves.

    It's great when it works. Unfortunately the results are often not long-lasting. Then something has to be done to keep the opening open...and the patient ends up with a fusion.

    Hope this helps a little bit. I had this surgery this past January. It was an easy surgery. I stayed overnight but could have gone home the same day. I came home and baked brownies and went for a long walk. I never needed a pain pill. Hopefully it will be just as easy for you!

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