Cervical foraminotomies can be quite effective in the right circumstances. If there is herniation, it is more effective. If it is nerve compression from foraminal collapse due to uncovertebral joint spurring, less effective. Recovery before non-strenuous work can be 2 weeks or even less but some patients can take up to 4 weeks, the same time as an ACDF or artificial disc replacement.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.