Who needs a Cervical Foraminotomy?
Cervical Foraminotomy is suggested for patients who have bone spurs or herniated discs that are causing cervical nerve root compression. Symptoms of cervical nerve root compression include pain in the neck and shoulders. Pins and needles, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the hands and arms are also symptoms.
Your healthcare provider can review the exact symptoms and causes that apply to you and why you may be a candidate for the anterior cervical discectomy with fusion.
Cervical foraminotomy is utilized only if the conservative treatments have failed to relieve the pain, or…
- If there is evidence of severe weakness
- If the pain in the arm is so severe that narcotic analgesia fail to control the pain
- If there is a suggestion of spinal cord compression and myelopathy