The Cervical Foraminotomy Experts

Cervical foraminotomies relieve the symptoms of a pinched nerve by enlarging the space through which the nerve must travel.


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What is a Cervical Foraminotomy?

Cervical foraminotomy is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves pain in the cervical–or neck–region. By enlarging the neural foramen, a cervical foraminotomy prevents nerves from being painfully trapped as they travel through the body.

Foraminotomy Procedure Essentials

Patient Satisfaction. Very High
Does It Require an Overnight Stay? Typically no
Incision Size. 2-5 mm
Recovery Details. Walking right after surgery, back to work or play within days, complete recovery in max of 6 weeks

Physicians Who Perform Cervical Foraminotomy

North American Spine partner physicians are board-certified, minimally invasive specialists in cervical foraminotomy and other related procedures. They are among the best in the field, and many have served as teachers of the next generation of minimally invasive specialists.


Unlike at most practices, North American Spine partner physicians may collaborate on a complex procedure to ensure that all the required skill and knowledge is brought to the case. But perhaps the most telling fact of all is this: 97% of patients say they would recommend their doctor to a friend.



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Details of the Cervical Foraminotomies

Cervical foraminotomy aims to relieve the symptoms of nerve impingement in the cervical spine by enlarging the neural foramen. The procedure is performed through a very small incision in the back of the neck. A small tube is placed between the muscle fibers to preserve muscles, tendons and ligaments. Through the small tube, the surgeon will remove a portion of the vertebra called the lamina, which is adjacent to your spinal cord and forms part of the wall of your spinal canal. Next, specialized instruments and microscopes are used to gain access to the compressed foramen and the intruding spinal disc material. With guidance from a surgical microscope and live X-rays displayed on a monitor, the surgeon will then use specialized tools to scrape out the bone spurs in the foramen and remove the damaged sections of the disc that are compressing the nerve.


While every surgery carries some risk, adverse complications are rare and most patients are able to go home the day of the surgery. Your physician will counsel you on these risks prior to the procedure.

Preparing for the Cervical Foraminotomy


Before pursuing a foraminotomy, prospective patients should have tried conservative methods, such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and spinal injections. If those methods have not produced meaningful relief, you may be a candidate for a North American Spine procedure.

Cervical Foraminotomy Recovery

Cervical foraminotomy is typically performed on an outpatient basis. As with all minimally invasive procedures, the foraminotomy is less likely to cause extensive scarring or require an extended recovery than traditional open spine surgery. Many patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their symptoms; however, other symptoms may improve more gradually. To give the body proper time to heal, some activities will be limited for a period of time following the procedure. More in-depth, customized recovery guidelines will be provided by your North American Spine physician.


To determine if you are a candidate for a cervical foraminotomy, contact us anytime at 855.681.7480 or submit a form on this page.