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Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy and Discectomy

Cervical laminoforaminotomy and posterior cervical discectomies are procedures performed in the neck to relieve pressure from the spinal cord and nerve roots.

There are slight differences between each of these procedures and they are frequently performed in conjunction depending on the patient’s spinal condition.

The surgery involves making an incision on the back of the neck through which a tube may be placed. An operating microscope is then used to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. If there is a disc herniation it is also removed. The primary difference between a laminoforaminotomy and a posterior cervical discectomy is that in the latter herniated disc material is also removed.

After surgery:

Once surgery is complete the patients will spend a few hours in the surgical recovery area for monitoring.

  • Most patients go home the day of surgery however some may need to spend the night in the hospital for routine monitoring.
  • A neck brace may be provided in certain instances to help support the neck.

All surgical patients at Comprehensive Spine Care are provided with medications prior to the date of surgery with instructions on their post-operative usage. Wound care, medication and diet instructions for after surgery are also provided upon discharge from the hospital and are also available here.