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Diana Deane Carr, MD
(863) 382-7777
131 US Highway 27 N
Sebring, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1975

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James B Kendrick, DMD
(863) 385-0452
1747 Sw Lakeview Dr
Sebring, FL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Alfred Robert Massam
(863) 385-3611
133 U.S. 27 North
Sebring, FL
Specialty
Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

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Jose R Thomas Richards, DO
3750 Emergency Ln
Sebring, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1970

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Claude F Martin, MD
(256) 718-3200
2794 Palo Verde Dr
Avon Park, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1984

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Ashok Sonni, MD
(239) 385-2222
6325 US Highway 27 N Ste 201
Sebring, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Florida Hosp Heartland Div, Sebring, Fl; Highlands Reg Med Ctr, Sebring, Fl
Group Practice: Florida Joint & Spine Inst

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Stephen Frank Beissinger, MD
(863) 385-2222
6325 US Highway 27 N Ste 201
Sebring, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Highlands Reg Med Ctr, Sebring, Fl; Winter Haven Hosp, Winter Haven, Fl; Florida Hosp -Lake Placid, Lake Placid, Fl
Group Practice: Florida Joint & Spine Inst

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Vernon R Morris, MD
(863) 386-5555
3201 Medical Way
Sebring, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1974

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Juan Carlos Alvarez, MD
(863) 314-4477
PO Box 8027
Sebring, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1996

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Murphy F McGirt, MD
(305) 743-4811
PO Box 248 1064 E Cornell St
Avon Park, FL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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