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An Endoscopic Foraminotomy is a minimally invasive technique that enlarges the nerve root openings in order to eliminate the narrowing of the foramina. This technique removes a small amount of bone in the spinal foramina, which are tiny openings in each spinal vertebrae through which the spinal cord, arteries, and other nerves pass. By removing this small portion of bone, the foramina opening becomes larger, which relieves pressure on nerves and other spinal structures. This results in pain relief.

There are several spinal conditions that can be attributed to changes within the foramina. They include:

The Endoscopic Foraminotomy procedure is most often performed in an outpatient setting, allowing patients to go home the same day the minimally invasive surgery is performed. This minimally invasive procedure preserves mobility and allows patients to recover more quickly. An Endoscopic Foraminotomy allows for a shorter recovery time than a traditional open back surgery, and has longer lasting results.

If you’re suffering with intensifying pain in your spine, it’s time to seek pain relief. Complete the Treatment Finder Tool below to see if this is the right treatment for you.


The team at Oasis Orthopedic & Spine are leaders in performing minimally invasive surgeries that provide maximum pain relief through proven techniques and procedures. If you’ve been suffering from acute or chronic back and/or neck pain, and conservative treatments have not provided pain relief, you may be a candidate for an Endoscopic Foraminotomy. You don’t have to live in pain any longer. We can help.

The procedure typically takes about one to two hours. A tiny incision is made in the back or neck that permits the surgeon to access the damaged area. The surgeon will insert a very small tube through a small incision. From there, a tiny camera (endoscopic) is inserted which allows the surgeon to see and perform the procedure with precision and accuracy.

Prior to moving forward with the procedure, there are a few factors to consider before determining if this is the right procedure for you. These factors include:

  • Medical history
  • Condition diagnosis
  • Progression of your condition
  • Medical imaging such as a
  • MRI or x-ray
  • Prior treatments completed

Once our team has completed a thorough review and an Endoscopic Foraminotomy is determined to be the best course of action, a member of our team will go over the procedure in detail so you know what to expect, recovery time, and have ample time to address any questions or concerns you may have. An Endoscopic Foraminotomy is a minimally invasive surgery that requires little downtown, and gives you optimal results.

Oasis Orthopedic & Spine is committed to helping you find pain relief and restore your quality of life. Find out if you qualify for an Endoscopic Foraminotomy with our Candidacy Check Tool below.