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A 55-year-old female asked about a 45-year-old male:

Can you explain the procedure c5 c6 vertebrae bone spur removal when you have already um fusion?

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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Dorsal foraminotomy: If c5/6 have been fused already, this was done from the front. If there is residual pressure on the C6 nerve root (the bone spur you refer to), this can be addressed from the back of the neck. Usually, using microscope or endoscope through a small access tube, the facet joint overlying the nerve root is identified. Then, a small opening is made to identify and decompress the nerve root.
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