Endoscopic Foraminotomy
Surgery specialists in NJ & FL

An endoscopic foraminotomy is a minimally invasive procedure that alleviates pressure on nerves as they exit the spinal canal by widening the openings in which they pass called foramina. Using an endoscopic camera, the surgeon can gently remove bone in the foramina to give the nerve a larger opening to pass through. 

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Do I need an Endoscopic Foraminotomy?

An endoscopic foraminotomy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that only requires a one to three inch incision and general anesthesia. It is also less traumatic than traditional spinal surgeries because it minimizes the damage to muscles and other nearby anatomy,  making recovery time easier and faster. The entire procedure can take less than two hours, depending on the severity of the nerve compression.

An endoscopic foraminotomy can be used to treat a range of conditions, such as: 

  • Bulging Disc
  • Failed Back & Neck Surgery
  • Foraminal Stenosis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spine Degeneration
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Bone Spurs
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Instability

If you think you are experiencing pain caused by nerve compression in your spine, find out what treatment options are right for you below with our treatment finder tool. 

Am I a Candidate for Endoscopic Foraminotomy?

At ISSI, our spine experts recommend exhausting all conservative, non-surgical treatment options before turning to surgery. However, some situations may require surgery right away to alleviate pain. In addition to little or no success with non-surgical treatments, candidates for this procedure experience: 

  • Radiating pain in the extremities
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty standing, walking, or performing daily activities without pain
  • Persistent pain for three months or more

Individuals who are excessively overweight are not ideal candidates for this procedure as the excess weight results in additional strain on the spine during recovery, making healing difficult. A candidate for an endoscopic foraminotomy must also be willing to participate in physical therapy as part of the recovery.

See if you qualify for an endoscopic foraminotomy by trying our candidacy check tool below. 

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