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Aimee V Hachigian Gould, MD
(406) 771-7051
1220 Central Ave Ste 2E
Great Falls, MT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Benefis Hosp Center -East Cam, Great Falls, Mt

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David R Neil, DDS
(406) 761-0314
2525 6Th Ave S
Great Falls, MT
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Michael Arthur Dube, MD
(406) 771-3155
500 15th Ave S Ste 1
Great Falls, MT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr.Alexander Chung
(406) 455-3650
500 15th Ave S # 1
Great Falls, MT
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1994
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Michael Edward Luckett, MD
(406) 455-3650
500 15th Ave S
Great Falls, MT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Benefis Hosp West, Great Falls, Mt
Group Practice: Great Falls Orthopedic Associates

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Keith D Bortnem, DO
(406) 455-3650
500 15th Ave S Ste 1
Great Falls, MT
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Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Western U Hlt Sci Col Osteo Med Of The Pacific, Pomona Ca 91766
Graduation Year: 1987

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Michael John Hennessy, MD
(406) 454-2171
1400 29th St S
Great Falls, MT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Benefis Hosp Center -East Cam, Great Falls, Mt; Benefis Hosp West, Great Falls, Mt
Group Practice: Great Falls Clinic Main Clinic

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Matthew D Hammit, MD
1300 28th Street South South
Great Falls, MT
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Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tx A & M Univ Coll Of Med, College Station Tx 77843
Graduation Year: 1998

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Robert C West, DDS
(406) 761-8550
1301 12th Ave S Ste 100
Great Falls, MT
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John Howard Avery, MD
(406) 761-2399
401 15th Ave S Ste 110
Great Falls, MT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1968

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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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