A posterior cervical laminotomy / foraminotomy is performed to remove pressure off of one or more nerve roots by enlarging the space where the nerves exit the neck.
This less invasive procedure commonly is used to treat certain types of cervical disc protrusions, cervical disc herniations, and foraminal stenosis.
Success rates for relief of arm pain generally falls in the 80-90% range for the appropriately selected patient who undergoes posterior cervical laminotomy / foraminotomy surgery.
This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis for many patients.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and benefits that should be discussed and considered.