A foraminotomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to enlarge the passageway where a spinal nerve root exits the spinal canal. The term foraminotomy is derived from the medical term for a hollow passageway – foramen. The latter half of the term foraminotomy – otomy – means to remove. During a foraminotomy, the spine surgeon removes bone or tissue that obstructs the passageway and compresses (‘pinches’) the spinal nerve root, which can cause inflammation and pain. Often the nerve (neuro) passageways are called neuroforamen.

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