Minimally invasive lumbar foraminotomy

Neurosurg Focus. 2013 Jul;35(2 Suppl):Video 7. doi: 10.3171/2013.V2.FOCUS13193.


Lumbar radiculopathy is a common problem. Nerve root compression can occur at different places along a nerve root's course including in the foramina. Minimal invasive approaches allow easier exposure of the lateral foramina and decompression of the nerve root in the foramina. This video demonstrates a minimally invasive approach to decompress the lumbar nerve root in the foramina with a lateral to medial decompression. The video can be found here:

Publication types

  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Decompression, Surgical / methods*
  • Foraminotomy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / pathology
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Radiculopathy / diagnosis
  • Radiculopathy / surgery*
  • Video Recording / methods