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Treating a bone spur with surgery

Cartilage and bone in the spine can wear away as the body ages, especially where bone meets bone and at joints. When deterioration occurs, it can cause painful symptoms such as friction, tenderness and swelling. In response, the body may grow new bone in these areas in an attempt to stop the friction and irritation. This new bone growth, which is smooth, is called a bone spur. Bone spurs do not always cause problems but if the bone spur causes a pinched nerve or rubs against another bone, it can create painful symptoms.

Conservative bone spur treatment

When diagnosed with a bone spur that is causing painful symptoms, before exploring surgical treatment options, many patients first explore conservative treatment options for a few months. Treatments that can help to control your symptoms include: rest, heat and ice therapy, pain medication, exercise and stretching, massage, physical therapy and steroid injections. If conservative treatment has not managed your symptoms within a few months, talk to your physician about minimally invasive bone spur surgery.

Bone spur surgery

If conservative treatment has failed, bone spur surgery may be able to offer you relief from pain, swelling and friction. Bone spur surgery can be performed as traditional open spine surgery or as minimally invasive spine surgery. Bone spur surgery may combine any of the following procedures in order to relieve symptoms:

  • Laminotomy
  • Discectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Facet thermal ablation
  • Stabilization

After bone spur surgery, make sure you follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions to ensure a good recovery without complications.

Minimally invasive bone spur surgery

At Laser Spine Institute we offer minimally invasive bone spur surgery that can provide you with relief from painful bone spur symptoms. Our minimally invasive procedures have a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of infection when compared to traditional open spine surgery. Laser Spine Institute offers a streamlined patient experience helping you return to your life and the things you enjoy as quickly as possible. Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief without the complications of traditional open spine surgery. Contact us today to find out more about the minimally invasive procedures offered at our Tampa facility.