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Richard J Ackerman, DDS
(620) 227-2234
705 1st Ave Ste B
Dodge City, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Alok Shah
(620) 227-1371
2020 Central Ave
Dodge City, KS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jon E Browne
(913) 319-7546
3651 College Blvd
Leawood, KS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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William Lonnie Dillon, MD
(620) 421-0881
PO Box 678
Parsons, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics, General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Mt Carmel Med Ctr, Pittsburg, Ks; Hospital Dist -Harper County, Anthony, Ks; Labette County Med Ctr, Parsons, Ks
Group Practice: SE Kansas Orthapedic Clnc

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Kelly H Toombs, DDS
(913) 381-5292
3700 W 83rd St Ste 215
Shawnee Msn, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Alexander Baxter Neel, MD
(620) 225-7744
2300 N 14th Ave Ste 104
Dodge City, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics, General Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Pratt Reg Med Ctr, Pratt, Ks; Western Plains Reg Hosp, Dodge City, Ks
Group Practice: Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

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Kenneth Jansson
(316) 631-1600
2778 N Webb Rd
Wichita, KS
Business
Advanced Orthopaedics Associates
Specialties
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Almost all insurance plans accepted.
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center; Surgicare of Wichita
Residency Training: Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX
Medical School: Darthmouth, 1982
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American College of Sports Medicine American Medical Association American Medical Society for Sports Medicine American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Arthroscopy Association of North America Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeo


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Jeremy James Stallbaumer
(316) 962-3030
1010 N Kansas St
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Don Brian Warren Miskew, MD
(913) 362-8317
8800 W 75th St Ste 350
Shawnee Mission, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Bruce R Buhr
(316) 689-9175
1947 Founders St
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Cervical Foraminotomy

A Patient's Guide to Cervical Foraminotomy

Introduction

Foraminotomy is a surgical procedure for widening the area where the spinal nerve roots exit the spinal column. A foramen is the opening around the nerve root, and otomy refers to the medical procedure for enlarging the opening. In this procedure, surgeons widen the passageway to relieve pressure where the spinal nerve is being squeezed in the foramen.

This guide will help you understand

  • why the procedure becomes necessary
  • what surgeons hope to achieve
  • what to expect as you recover

Anatomy

What parts of the neck are affected?

The spine is made of a column of bones. Each bone, or vertebra, is formed by a round block of bone, called a vertebral body. The spinal canal is a hollow tube formed by the bony rings of all the vertebrae. The spinal canal surrounds and protects the spinal cord within the spine. There are seven vertebrae in the neck that form the area known as the cervical spine. The vertebrae are separated by intervertebral discs.

Traveling from the brain down through the spinal column, the spinal cord sends out nerve branches through openings on both sides of each vertebra. These openings are called the neural foramina. (The term used to describe a single opening is foramen.)

The intervertebral disc sits directly in front of the opening. A bulged or herniated disc can narrow the opening and put pressure on the nerve. A facet joint sits in back of the foramen. Bone spurs that form on the facet joint can project into the tunnel, narrowing the hole and pinching the nerve.

Rationale

What do surgeons hope to achieve?

Foraminotomy alleviates the symptoms of foraminal stenosis. In foraminal stenosis, a nerve root is compressed inside the neural foramen. This compression is usually the result of degenerative (or wear and tear) changes in the spine.

View animation of disc collapse

Wear and tear from repeated stresses and strains on the neck can cause a spinal disc to begin to collapse. As the space between the vertebral bodies shrinks, the opening around the nerve root narrows. This squeezes the nerve. The nerve root is further squeezed in the foramen when the facet joint lining the outer edge of the foramen becomes inflamed and enlarged as a result of the same degenerative changes.

The degenerative process can also cause bone spurs to develop and point into the foramen, causing further irritation. In a foraminotomy, the surgeon removes the tissues around the edges of the foramen, essentially widening the opening in order to take pressure off the nerve root.

Preparations

How will I prepare for surgery?

The decision to proceed with surgery must be made jointly by you and your surgeon. You should understand as much about the procedure as possible. If you have concerns or questions, you should talk to your surgeon.

Once you decide on surgery, you need to take several steps. Your surgeon may suggest a...

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