Posterior cervical foramenotomy is a technique to decompress the cervical nerve root without a fusion. This video details the posterior cervical foramenotomy procedure. The approach is from the back of the neck and the decompression takes off some of the lamina and the medial half of the facet. It is used for herniated discs in the foramen compressing the nerve and is not a good technique for bone spur formation or herniations too medial as this is where the spinal cord is located. It will not work for neck pain.
About the Author: Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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.