Bone spur surgery

While bone spur surgery is typically considered a last resort for patients who have been unable to find relief from conservative treatments, for many it can offer the best prospect of getting back to a better quality of life. Bone spurs in the neck or back are growths that develop in and around the vertebral joints, often as a result of the onset of osteoarthritis. When these growths come in contact with other bone, soft tissue or a nerve within the spinal column, a patient may experience a variety of symptoms that require treatment.

Purpose of bone spur surgery

The goal of any bone spur surgery is simple: remove the growth that is causing nerve compression and painful symptoms. Conservative treatments are often effective at minimizing symptoms or maintaining mobility in a degenerated region of the spine, but because these growths of bone are permanent, symptoms can often persist or even worsen over time. In these cases, surgery offers the opportunity to treat symptoms directly at the source. Patients are often reluctant to undergo procedures due to the risks and difficulties associated with traditional open spine surgery, however, medical advances have allowed for the development of minimally invasive procedures.

Minimally invasive bone spur surgery

At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive spine surgery that can relieve bone spur symptoms on an outpatient basis. Our board-certified surgeons+ can access the spine through a less than 1-inch incision that allows for the removal of bone spur material that is causing nerve compression while sparing the surrounding musculature.

We also specialize in a minimally invasive procedure known as facet thermal ablation. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with our minimally invasive decompression procedures and involves using a laser to deaden the nerve within the joint, thus removing the receptor for pain. The advantage of these types of procedures is that there is a shorter recovery time and reduced risk of complication like failed back surgery syndrome compared to traditional open spine surgery.

In fact, the minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute:

  • Require no hospital stay^
  • Have an infection rate of 0.41 percent, compared to up to 19 percent for traditional open back surgery^

To learn more about the advantages of our procedures as an alternative to more invasive traditional open neck or back bone spur surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

We’re happy to help you receive a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.