Lumbar Foraminotomy
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Lumbar Foraminotomy

Living with compressed nerves can cause a serious drop in your quality of life. Even small tasks or motions can become significant ordeals throughout the day. That is why Dr. Yashar is proud to offer a lumbar foraminotomy as one of his procedures.
At Yashar Neurosurgery, we provide patients relief from a range of spine concerns. Whatever the cause of your problem, we work closely with you to develop the perfect treatment plan. For the best neurosurgeon Los Angeles has to offer, look no further.

What Is a Lumbar Foraminotomy?

This procedure enlarges the area around one of the bones in the lumbar region of your spinal column. Its goal is to relieve pressure on nerves compressed by the bones in this area. When small openings between vertebrae become too small, they can compress nerves. The best way to address this concern is to provide pressure relief through advanced surgical techniques.

What Are Signs I Might Need a Foraminotomy?

When your spinal nerves become compressed, you can begin experiencing significant symptoms. Some common signs of a compressed nerve include:
  • Pain
  • Tingling in the arms or legs
  • General weakness
When this nerve compression happens due to blockages, it is called spinal stenosis. Fortunately, Dr. Yashar has helped countless patients overcome and find relief from this condition.
During your consultation, Dr. Yashar will work with you to determine if this procedure is right for you. Only after a thorough discussion and the appropriate tests will he reach a decision. He believes that it is vital to match the surgery to the patient. Every step of the way, you will also be kept fully informed so you can make decisions in comfort and confidence.

What Puts Me At Risk for Spinal Stenosis?

There is no single cause for spinal stenosis conditions. However, various bodily changes or genetic predispositions can be risk factors for developing this condition. These include:
  • Congenital problems
  • Skeletal disease
  • Cysts or tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Enlargement of nearby ligaments
  • Intervertebral disc degeneration (can cause bulging)
  • Degenerative arthritis of the spine (can cause bone spurs)

What Does a Lumbar Foraminotomy Procedure Look Like?

Each surgery will be slightly different, depending on your unique condition. However, there are some general outlines that apply to almost any lumbar foraminotomy.
You will receive general anesthesia to ensure comfort at all times. During the operation, we carefully monitor all vital signs. From start to finish, the procedure takes a couple of hours. As this is a thorough surgery, you will likely stay at the hospital for a couple of days. However, most patients are able to return home within a day or two.
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Recovery and Downtime

The recovery period for a lumbar foraminotomy can take some time. However, it is vital not to rush any aspect of it. For the first couple of weeks, it is important to avoid strenuous tasks. After a few weeks, you should be able to return to light work.
However, your recovery will depend on your individual factors. Dr. Yashar will let you know when you can proceed to continue more active tasks. During your follow-up appointment, you will have a chance to ask any questions. Our goal is for our patients to be fully informed every step of the way. We believe that the more you know, the more comfortable and effective your recovery period will be.
If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, do not hesitate to contact Yashar Neurosurgery. It is always better to ask and learn than to wait in uncertainty.
Once you have fully healed, you can expect a significant decrease in pain and symptoms. Your exact outcome will depend on a variety of factors, including your age and your spinal health.

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We want you to know that you no longer need to live with the symptoms of spinal stenosis. When you schedule your consultation with Dr. Yashar, neck and spine specialist, you take the first step toward reclaiming your life. He meets individually with each patient, working closely with them to develop a tailored approach. The spine is an incredibly complex structure and requires a skilled and expert hand to treat it. With years of experience and countless patients helped, Dr. Yashar looks forward to helping you achieve a life free of pain.
Depending on your situation, he may recommend one or more of these treatments. If these are not successful, then surgery can be considered.
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