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Ronald Williams Baker, MD
(315) 207-0002
140 W 6th St Ste 280
Oswego, NY
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1996

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William A Mahon, MD
(315) 343-3993
140 W 6th St Ste 210
Oswego, NY
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Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1975

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Richard Michael Blecha, MD
(315) 598-5040
522 S 4th St Ste 1200
Fulton, NY
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1972

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George Dermesropian
(315) 598-3585
455 South Fourth Street
Fulton, NY
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Hand Surgery

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Brown Charles
(914) 241-1050
90 S Bedford Rd
Mount Kisco, NY
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Orthopedics
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Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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Dr.Ronald Baker
(315) 207-0002
140 West 6th Street #270
Oswego, NY
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Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1996
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Orthopedic Surgeon
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Hospital: Oswego
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William A Mahon
(315) 343-3992
140 W 6th St
Oswego, NY
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Asamonja Kumar Roy, MD
(315) 593-3643
522 S 4th St Ste 1700
Fulton, NY
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Patna Med Coll, Patna Univ, Bihar, India
Graduation Year: 1965

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Berkson Mark
(212) 305-6081
177 Fort Washington Ave
New York, NY
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Orthopedics
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Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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Eisenstein Arthur
(718) 996-2662
2050 Bath Ave
Brooklyn, NY
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Orthopedics
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Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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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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