Cervical Foraminotomy


Anterior cervical microforminotomy (ACMF) was developed to preserve as much of the remaining disc in the intervertebral space as possible, while directly eliminating the compressive pathological lesion of the cervical spine. There are two ACMF approaches: original transuncal (TU) approach and upper vertebral transcorporeal (UVTC) approach The original transuncal approach required shaving to some degree of the lateral aspect of the intervertebral disc, so it could cause instability of the operated level or kyphotic change of the cervical spine. The UVTC approach was newly developed to minimize the impact on the remaining intervertebral disc and avoid accelerated degenerative change of the cervical spine. This operation is performed through a 6-7mm hole. The patient doesn't need any cervical brace after operation and return to work within 1 week. Possible complications and their preventative measures are identical to conventional anterior cervical procedures


  • Symptoms : neck pain, radiating pain on arm, numbness on arm, shoulder pain, weakness in the muscles of the arm, numbness or sleeping disorders
  • Diagnosis : Herniation of intervertebral disc(cervical vertebra area), Cervical foraminal stenosis
  • Treatment Plan : Primary care Examination (Radiograph, MRI and CT on Cervical spine), 2ndprimarycare(result consultation), preoperative examination, surgery
  • Admission Period : 2-5days
  • Recovery Period : Day after surgery, patients can return to daily life. 5 days after surgery, patients will stitch out, and continue with normal day to day life.
  • Main Doctor : Professor Kim, Woo Kyung