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Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy is an operation performed on the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots.

It is done when a bone spur forms or an intervertebral disc ruptures, putting pressure on one or more nerve roots. This causes pain and other symptoms in the neck and arms.

The surgery is usually performed with the patient lying on his or her stomach or sitting up. A small incision is made in the back of the neck. A small tubular retractor is used to gain access to the spine and an endoscope or microscope is used to visualize the spine. The bone over the nerve root is exposed and then a portion of this is removed to expose the nerve root. The disc is visualized underneath the nerve root. Part of disc is then removed with special instruments taking any remaining pressure off of the nerve.

Following surgery, the patient may be able to return home that day, or the next. Medication to control any discomfort will be prescribed by your Los Angeles Spine Surgery Institute team.