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Troy Dale Foster
(304) 263-5129
1008 Tavern Rd
Martinsburg, WV
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Joseph P Cincinnati, DO
(304) 263-5129
1004 Tavern Rd
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Sch Of Osteo Med, Lewisburg Wv 24901
Graduation Year: 1992

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Robert Richardson Bowen, MD
(434) 947-3990
2000 Foundation Way
Martinsburg, WV
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1956

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John A Draper, MD
(304) 263-6728
309 Medical Ct
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1976
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Hospital: City Hosp, Martinsburg, Wv
Group Practice: Orthopaedic Offices

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Rudolf Karl Lemperg, MD
(304) 263-1830
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Graz, Med Fak, Graz (407-27 3/1938 To 6/1945)
Graduation Year: 1949

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John Allison Draper
(304) 263-0953
309 Medical Court
Martinsburg, WV
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Thomas Eldon Knutson
(304) 263-5129
1008 Tavern Rd
Martinsburg, WV
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr.Troy Foster
(304) 263-5129
1008 Tavern Rd # 102
Martinsburg, WV
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Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Autumn D Kercheval, DDS
(304) 263-5963
604 Wilson St
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Clifford Sperow, MD FACS
105 S Raleigh St
Martinsburg, WV
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll Virginia
Graduation Year: 1956

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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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