Foraminal Stenosis Treatment
If you’re 50 years old or older there’s a good chance you’re experiencing some type of back pain, 95% of you are according to statistics. If your cause of back pain is foraminal stenosis then you may want to assess your options and what’s available as a foraminal stenosis treatment or a minimally invasive procedure to eliminate your back pain.
The most important thing to know before deciding whether a surgical procedure is the right approach, is the correct level of Foraminal Stenosis causing the pain since there may be more than one level of stenosis. The cause of pain could be bony overgrowth, a disc herniation or both. This requires a careful evaluation and correlation of the history, the MRI findings, and a CT scan when necessary.
At Dr. Mork's office we treat both lumbar and cervical foraminal stenosis and will discuss both diseases and their treatments below.
Diagnotic Procedure for Foraminal Stenosis
Lumbar Foraminal Stenosis
Note: All diagnostic procedures are performed by Dr Mork
A selective nerve root block is performed if there is any doubt about which nerve is getting pinched and causing the pain. I do this with sedation, fluroscopic x-ray and an electric tipped needle to help find the nerve. Once the nerve is identified by contractions, some contrast can be injected to outline the nerve before some anesthetic is injected. If the pain goes away, the diagnosis is clear.
Note: Sedation is used in all cases for painless placement of the needles.
Cervical Foraminal Stenosis
The most important thing to know before neck surgery is the correct level of Foraminal Stenosis causing the pain, since there may be more than one level of stenosis. The cause of pain could be bony overgrowth, a disc herniation or both. This requires a careful evaluation and correlation of the history, the MRI findings, and a CT scan when necessary.
Treatment Options for Foraminal Stenosis
All treatment procedures are performed by Dr. Mork
Foraminal Stenosis Treatment
An endoscopic foraminal decompression may require removal of bone as well as disc, depending on what is contributing to the foraminal stenosis. The endoscopic technique is the best treatment for foraminal stenosis since the scope is small enough to be directed into the foraminal canal where the nerve is being pinched. The removal of bone and/or disc gives the nerve the extra room it needs to avoid pinching.
Whether the nerve is being pinched or compressed by a disc herniation or overgrowth of bone, the endoscope (7-8 mm) is the ultimate in “minimally invasive” when removing disc or bone overgrowth. Endoscopic spine surgery is also the best approach to avoid a fusion and minimize collateral soft tissue damage.
Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Minimal incision size
Minimal recovery time
Minimal risk of infection
Minimal soft tissue damage
Minimal time at a facility (typically an outpatient procedure)
Meet Dr. Tony Mork, MD
Relieving your back pain and giving you your life back is our goal at Dr. Tony Mork’s practices in Newport Beach, CA and Naples, FL. Not only has Dr. Mork successfully performed over 8,000 endoscopic procedures, he also teaches and has produced his own training courses for doctors to become certified in endoscopic surgical procedures. When it comes to minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Mork is as professional and as experienced as it gets.