Bone spur surgery and minimally invasive alternatives
Bone spur surgery is recommended for a relatively small percentage of patients who have bone spurs.
Many patients suffering from the pain of bone spurs can find relief through conservative, nonsurgical methods of treatment, such as physical therapy, pain medication and lifestyle changes. While these types of treatment may be effective for many patients, other patients may require a surgical treatment to find pain relief.
If you are enduring bone spur symptoms and you have not found any pain relief from conservative treatment, your physician or spine specialist may recommend spine surgery. Before committing to traditional open back surgery for bone spur relief, you should research the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures that are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.
Open spine surgery for bone spur treatment
At one time, the only type of bone spur surgery that was available required large incisions, lengthy hospital stays and prolonged recoveries. This invasive traditional open back surgery increased a patient’s risk of infection and complications because of the large incision and muscle tearing that is required to reach the spine.
During traditional open spine surgery, the damaged vertebra and bone spur is removed entirely, often requiring the cutting and detachment of muscles in the neck or back to gain access to the spine. The vertebra is replaced with a bone graft and stabilizing implants, which in turn restrict movement in that area of the spine.
Patients who undergo traditional open spine surgery are susceptible to a number of complications, including infection, bone graft rejection and failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), which is the continuation or worsening of symptoms following surgery.
Minimally invasive spine surgery for bone spur treatment
Thanks to state-of-the-art medical technology, patients can now choose to undergo a minimally invasive procedure rather than traditional open spine bone spur surgery. During a minimally invasive procedure, a small incision is made in the neck or back. The surgeon then removes only the portion of the bone spur that has come into contact with the spinal nerve or spinal cord. This allows the pinched nerve to be released without altering the stability of the spine.
Because of our minimally invasive approach to the spine, our patients can experience a shorter recovery time,^ lower risk of infection and complication, and a higher patient satisfaction rate than patients who choose traditional open back surgery.
Contact us to schedule your initial consultation and to learn more about our more effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery.