The cylindrical vertebrae called the lumbar vertebrae, are prone to the effects of ageing, wear and tear, accidents and injuries. As a result herniations and bone spurs, growth happens. When these compress the nerves and blood vessels the pain intensity is often unbearable and gets debilitating. The minimally invasive procedure of endoscopic lumbar foraminotomy helps alleviate pain and solve the issue with almost no visible scarring.
The purpose of performing foraminotomy is to relieve the pressure caused by the closing in of the spinal column due to excess ligamentation or though deposits. The procedure removes excess deposits from the vertebra and therefore relieves pain caused from the nerve pinching. Usually there is radial pain from the lumbar down the legs, and this procedure will eliminate the leg pain conclusively.
The main reasons to go in for Endoscopic Lumbar Foraminotomy are as follows:
- Arthritis of the spine called as Bone spurs
- Spinal slippage (spondylolisthesis)
- Spinal instability
- Spinal stenosis
- Bulging disc or Disc herniation
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- foraminal stenosis
- Spine degeneration
- Radiculitis / Radiculopathy
Lumbar Foraminotomy – How is it done?
After the patient is prepped for surgery and brought into the operation theatre, under local anesthesia, tiny holes are made over the target area of the lumbar and a metal tube with an endoscope and a light are introduced. The surgical tools are inserted through this tube so that the muscles remain intact. Through direct visualisation the spinal nerve is identified and bone spurs, scars, ligament overgrowth, protruded discs, and part of the troubled lumbar facet are removed with appropriate tools (eg, a laser, radiofrequency or mechanical tools). The surgeon then proceeds to enlarge the nerve hole and to release the compressed nerve(s). Finally, the tube is removed and the incision is closed with a stitch or two.
The state of art equipment at Navaladi Endo Spine Care ensures that the entire foraminotomy procedure is painless and smooth with utmost flexibility and control for the surgeon.
Endoscopic Foraminotomy – the main advantage
Endoscopic Foraminotomy surgery is a true minimally invasive spine surgery that has the following advantages:
- Local anesthesia
- Small incision and Minimal scar tissue formation
- Minimally Invasive
- High Success rate
- Minimal or no blood loss
- Preservation of spinal mobility
- Same day surgery with no hospitalization (outpatient procedure)
- Short recovery