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Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy

Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy

What Is a Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy?

A posterior cervical foraminotomy (PCF) is a minimally invasive procedure designed to widen the spinal canal where nerve roots exit the spinal cord. This helps to relieve any pressure on the nerves caused by disc protrusions. Effectively, this means less pain and better mobility without the need to perform a full discectomy. Nervous tissue is delicate and can cause severe pain, muscle weakness and other unwanted symptoms if affected. This procedure is used to treat back pain that occurs in this region.

Small fragments of disc are removed in order to relieve pressure on nearby nerve roots. By not removing a large portion of the disc and leaving much behind, patients will be able to move without restriction after surgery. The incision is made in the back of the neck so that surgeons can access the spine and perform this procedure with precision. Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy is much less invasive compared to other procedures that correct abnormalities of the discs.

Benefits of Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy

Not only are minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) procedures like PCF surgery typically safer and quicker, but they also promote a faster recovery than traditional open spine surgery. Benefits of Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy may include:

  • Potentially performed in an outpatient setting
  • Smaller incision(s), resulting in less blood loss
  • Lower risk of soft-tissue and muscle damage
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced postoperative pain
  • Reduced pain medication use

Is Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy Right for Me?

While there are many benefits to posterior cervical foraminotomy, surgery is not indicated for all patients with cervical disc protrusions.  In many cases, we can treat patients through conservative techniques that efficiently manage their pain.  Your doctor will help you understand which treatment approach is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.

To learn more about our Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy Services, please contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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