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Michael Jos Parks, MD
(517) 437-5399
610 N 12th St Ste B
Oskaloosa, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1976

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Sreedhar Somisetty, MD
410 N 12th St
Oskaloosa, IA
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Osmania Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr. Kenneth Van Wyk
Van Wyk Chiropractic Center
(641) 628-3511
911 Washington St
Pella, IA
Specialty
Chiropractor
Conditions
Back pain,Chronic pain,Geriatric care,Leg pain,Lower back pain,Migraine headaches,Neck pain,Neuropathy conditions,Sports injuries,Upper back pain,Whiplash
Treatments
Acupuncture,Chiropractic adjustment,Chiropractic care,DiathermyMyofascialDecompression,Natural healing,Spinal manipulation,Ultrasound
Proffesional Affiliation
Iowa Chiropractic Society (ICS),American Chiropractic Association (ACA)

Dr.Charles Clark
(319) 356-2332
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA
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M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch
Year of Graduation: 1976
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Hospital: U Of Iowa Hosp &
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Anthony Vincent Mollano, MD
(319) 358-1533
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 2001

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Sreedhar Somisetty
(641) 672-3360
410 N 12th St
Oskaloosa, IA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Daniel Wayne Vande Lune, MD
(641) 621-1390
404 Jefferson St Ste L122B
Pella, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Mahaska County Hosp, Oskaloosa, Ia
Group Practice: Iowa Orthopedics Ctr

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Dr. Russell VanHemert
Van Hemert Health Partners P.C.
(641) 628-2099
1310 Washington Street
Pella, IA
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Chiropractor
Conditions
Back pain,Chronic pain,Leg pain,Lower back pain,Neck pain,Upper back pain
Treatments
Chiropractic adjustment,Chiropractic care,Spinal manipulation

William M Krigsten, MD
(712) 239-4122
2800 Pierce St Ste 102
Sioux City, IA
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Ericka Andrusiak Lawler
(319) 356-2383
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
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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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