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James E Valentine, DDS
(304) 363-2008
907 Gaston Ave
Fairmont, WV
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Peter Kent Thrush, MD
(304) 366-2151
1708 Locust Ave Ste 101
Fairmont, WV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1973

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Jack S Koay, MD
(304) 366-6511
19 Oakwood Rd
Fairmont, WV
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Coll Of Med Natl Taiwan Univ, Taipei, Taiwan (244-02 Eff 1/1971)
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: Fairmont Gen Hosp, Fairmont, Wv
Group Practice: Jack S Koay Inc

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Hany Maher Tadros
(304) 333-3400
48 Vip Way
Fairmont, WV
Specialty
General Surgery, Hand Surgery

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Chris A Martin, DDS
(513) 563-7979
Medical Center Dr
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jack Scott Koay
(304) 366-6511
19 Oakwood Rd
Fairmont, WV
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Peter Kent Thrush
(304) 366-2151
1708 Locust Ave
Fairmont, WV
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Cynthia L Bonafield, DDS
(304) 363-2008
907 Gaston Ave
Fairmont, WV
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James E Cain Jr, MD
101 Stadium Dr
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1982

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David Frederick Hubbard, MD
(304) 293-3900
1 Stadium Drive
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Marshall Univ Sch Of Med, Huntington Wv 25755
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Monongalia County General Hosp, Morgantown, Wv; W V University Hospital -Ruby, Morgantown, Wv
Group Practice: University Health Associates

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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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