When cervical vertebrae develop bone spurs, fusion surgery is not the only option

Patients suffering from chronic pain understand the impact it can have on their quality of life, especially in areas such as work and daily activities. If you have been diagnosed with a spine condition, such as painful bone spurs, you might be searching for alternative treatment options to traditional open back fusion. You might feel relieved to know that there is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back fusion.^

Unfortunately, some doctors are quick to recommend traditional open back fusion to treat bone spurs. If patients do not research, they may make an important decision about their health care without being fully informed of all of their treatment options. The reality is that traditional open back fusion should only be used as a last resort treatment option due to its unpredictable high rate of complication and highly invasive nature, leading to an extended recovery time.

Fortunately, the minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute offers a clinically appropriate alternative to open or back surgery.^ Patients who undergo our minimally invasive stabilization procedure to treat bone spurs will experience a shorter recovery time than patients who undergo traditional open back fusion, as well as a lower risk of complication.^ To learn more about bone spurs and the options available for treatment, read the following article.

Bone spur development

Also called osteophytes, these bone growths often appear as a result of injury, inflammation or the onset of osteoarthritis, or arthritis of the spine. When these bone spurs develop on the vertebrae, they have the potential to protrude into the spinal canal and impact a nerve root, causing both local and radiating pain in the back and extremities. You should consult your doctor if you are experiencing chronic pain in the back and radiating pain in the extremities on one side of the body.

What is spinal fusion?

Traditional spinal fusion is performed in a hospital setting and requires about a two- to five-day hospital stay for patient monitoring. The surgery begins with a large incision down the back of the neck, cutting through the muscles in the neck surrounding the spine. This large 6- to 8-inch incision creates a higher risk of infection and complication, as well as extends the postoperative recovery time while the muscles rebuild. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the bone spurs and potentially add an implant to fuse together the two surrounding vertebrae to stabilize the spine.

Alternative to traditional open spine fusion

If you have been recommended to seek surgical treatment for your cervical bone spurs, you should research all of the surgical options available to you. Many people with bone spurs do not need a surgical fusion surgery to treat the condition. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery to treat bone spurs as well as other common spine conditions.

Patients with bone spurs can often find relief with minimally invasive decompression surgery, which removes just the bone spurs to decompress the impacted nerve in the spinal canal and leaves the rest of the spine untouched. However, in the event that a patient has severe bone spurs, our surgeons might recommend our minimally invasive stabilization procedure.

During this procedure, the vertebrae with the bone spurs are removed entirely to decompress the nerve in the spinal canal and help relieve your chronic pain. An implant is then inserted into the empty space in the spine to offer immediate stabilization. For more information about the types of minimally invasive procedures used to treat bone spurs, please contact our dedicated team

Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery:

  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Patient satisfaction score of 98^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Less than 1-inch incision
  • Outpatient procedure
  • 98 out of 100 patient recommendation rate^

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has performed more than 75,000 patient procedures. To find out if out are a potential candidate for our bone spur surgery, reach out to our team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We are here to help inform you of your treatment options so you can make the best decision for your spine care needs.