The Lumbar Foraminotomy Experts

Lumbar foraminotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to relieve pain in the lower spine. A small piece of bone and/or soft tissue is removed from the lumbar (lower) portion of the spine, resulting in an enlarged space through which nerve roots travel. This opening is called the neural foramen. The increased space created for the nerve typically results in quick pain relief. Lower spine pain may be a result of degenerative discs, herniation, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, and more. 

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What is a Lumbar Foraminotomy?

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A lumbar foraminotomy is a procedure that relieves pain in the lower spine by removing tissue or bone from the lumbar portion of the spine.

Lumbar 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 Lumbar Foraminotomy

North American Spine partner physicians are board-certified, minimally invasive specialists in lumbar 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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Benefits of Lumbar Foraminotomy

Lumbar foraminotomies offer several benefits to the chronic pain sufferer:


  • Relief: By relieving pressure on the nerve, pain and numbness are significantly relieved after surgery, with continual gradual relief over time
  • Outpatient: Usually performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing for faster recovery than traditional surgery and lower cost to the patient
  • Lower Infection Rate: North American Spine facilities focus specifically on minimally invasive surgery, not on illness and infection. With an infection rate that is less than 1%, your risk of developing an infection or an illness is far lower than it would be at a large hospital
  • Minimally invasive technique: allows surgeon to preserve muscle, ligaments and tendons so there is less postoperative pain.
  • Best Outcomes: 95% of our patients would recommend their physician



Details of the Lumbar Foraminotomy

Lumbar foraminotomy aims to relieve the symptoms of nerve impingement in the lower spine by enlarging the neural foramen. The procedure is performed through a small incision—an inch or less in size—in the lower back. Specialized instruments 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 uses specialized tools to remove the sections of the disc that are pressing on the nerve.

Preparing for the Lumbar 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.

Lumbar Foraminotomy Recovery

This procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Many patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their symptoms. Other symptoms may improve more gradually. Many patients who undergo a lumbar foraminotomy can often return to their regular activities within several weeks. This can vary depending on the individual patient, number of levels treated, and other factors. Recovery will include rest, physical therapy, and may include a course of pain management medication.


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