Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy removes bone and/or portions of a herniated or diseased disc to relieve neck and radiating arm pain caused by parts of the disc pressing nerve roots against the roof of the spinal canal. The surgeon creates an incision in the back of the neck to expose the roof of the spine, and surgical instruments are used to clear away bone and soft tissue. This gives the surgeon access to the pinched nerve root and herniated disc in the spinal canal. It also reduces pressure on the root. The surgeon uses a small instrument to check the freedom of the nerve. If the surgeon finds a fragment of herniated disc beneath the nerve root, it is removed. The nerve root returns to a normal, comfortable position.
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