Foraminal Stenosis Surgical Procedures Performed at Marina del Rey Hospital
Marina del Rey Hospital offers minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedures:
- Endoscopic Foraminotomy
Endoscopic foraminotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure during which the performing surgeon makes a small incision, and introduces a small tube to the spine section that needs decompression. Breakthrough, tiny tools are then used to clean out bone, tissue or other blockages that cause the narrowing of the passageways between the vertebrae. Endoscopic foraminotomy at Marina del Rey Hospital has several benefits:
- Minimally invasive procedure, with small incisions and no tearing of the muscles
- Outpatient procedure, requires no hospitalization
- Shortened recovery period after surgery
Our surgeons are experienced, highly skilled medical specialists, who perform minimally invasive foraminotomy procedure with great success.
Laminotomy is another common minimally invasive decompression surgery that Marina del Rey Hospital offers. Through laminotomy, the performing surgeon removes a small portion of the lamina – a bony structure attached to each vertebra – in order to widen and decompress the spinal canal.
- Traditional Open Surgery Laminotomy
- Minimally Invasive Laminotomy
- 5-6 inches long incision
- 1-inch incision on the neck or the back
- Access to the spine
- the surgeon cuts through the surrounding muscle and tissue to gain access to the spine
- the surgeon moves muscle fibers to gain access to the spine
- scar tissue likely to develop
- no scarring
- several days of hospitalization
- outpatient procedure, the patient returns home on the same day
- Recovery period
- shortened, more efficient
Age, general health, medical history and other individual specificities are all factors that our trained and skilled surgeons at Marina Del Rey Hospital will take into account, so that each laminotomy procedure can be performed according to each patient’s individual needs.
Drugs and Other Treatment Needed for Foraminal Stenosis
Unlike many other back or neck conditions, most nonsurgical treatments (such as pain medication) are unlikely to be of much benefit. Conservative treatment can include:
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These conservative methods of treatment are usually recommended before surgery is discussed. If these treatments are unsuccessful, surgical procedures (such as foraminotomy) can be an option. Minimally invasive procedures alleviates pressure on the nerves and/or spinal cord.