Bone spur surgery in the spine is one of the potential treatment options for people experiencing common excess bone growths, also known as osteophytes. Bone spurs in the neck or back can be caused by a number of factors, including aging, disc degeneration, poor posture, arthritis, traumatic injury, overuse and more. While bone spurs by themselves are not harmful and can form on any bone in the body, osteophytes do have the potential to be problematic, particularly spine bone spurs. That’s because bone spurs anywhere on the spinal column can possibly impinge on another bone, a spinal nerve root or the spinal cord, which can lead to intense neck or back pain and other negative side effects, such as restricted movement, weakness in the extremities, numbness and radiating arm and leg pain.
If osteophytes have grown to the point where they are causing you pain or other problems, there are a number of bone spur treatment options your physician may recommend. Some are as basic as rest, weight loss, exercise, physical therapy, cortisone injections or medications, such as anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers and pain relievers. In some cases, however, bone spur surgery is a potential option. Laser Spine Institute is proud to offer its patients some of the most advanced minimally invasive procedures available for dealing with this issue, including:
- Laminotomy – This procedure relieves pressure placed on the spinal cord by removing a portion of vertebral bone called laminae – thin, bony plates that form the vertebral arch – to increase the amount of space surrounding the neural tissue. Bony growths on laminae may be a possible cause of spinal cord impingement.
- Foraminotomy – This procedure is designed to reduce pressure on nerves that are being compressed by the intervertebral foramen, the area in the vertebra where a nerve root leaves the spinal cord. Bone spurs can be a possible cause of this pressure, and foraminotomy can enlarge the passage through which the nerve exits the spinal canal.
Traditionally, bone spur surgery options have been invasive, open back procedures that have often left patients with potentially lengthy, painful recovery processes and higher infection rates. Now, however, patients can turn to Laser Spine Institute for innovative, minimally invasive procedures, including bone spur surgery treatments such as foraminotomy and laminotomy. Our minimally invasive procedures often provide relief from neck or back pain, without an extended recuperation period or risk of infection. Our outpatient procedures result in minimal scar tissue formation and have very high success rates. For a complimentary MRI or CT scan review, or to learn more about our state-of-the-art bone spur surgery procedures, surgery centers and streamlined patient experience, contact us today.