foramenotomy

foramenotomy

surgical removal of small pieces of bone around an intervertebral foramen, allowing more room for the spinal nerve. The procedure usually accompanies a laminectomy.

for·a·men·ot·o·my

(fōr-āmen-otŏ-mē)
Procedure to remove a portion of bone from a vertebra to relieve pressure on a nerve as it leaves the spinal column.
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If the intervertebral foramen is merely enlarged without removing the articular facets this is termed a mini-hemilaminectomy or a foramenotomy.