Outpatient decompression surgery for bone spurs

At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in minimally invasive nerve decompression surgery for bone spurs and other spine conditions. Our board-certified surgeons+ use muscle-sparing techniques to allow these procedures to be performed on an outpatient basis. If you have been diagnosed with a bone spur in your neck or back, and you have not found the relief you require from nonsurgical, conservative methods, our team may be able to help.

How bone spurs form

Often, bone spurs develop in the aftermath of a spinal injury or as an effect of spinal arthritis. Over time, the cartilage that lines the facet joints and allows for smooth motion can wear away, leading to bone-on-bone contact. When this occurs, the body may naturally form bone spurs, which are smooth outgrowths of bone, as a natural response to the loss of bone density and stability. These bone spurs are not symptomatic by themselves, but if one comes in contact with a spinal nerve, pain and other symptoms can develop.

Laser Spine Institute decompression surgeries

Decompression surgery for bone spurs might be recommended if conservative treatment has been exhausted without relieving symptoms. A procedure usually involves the removal of the excess bone in order to decompress an affected nerve. Traditional open spine decompression surgery typically involves a large muscle-tearing incision, hospitalization and a long, often painful, recovery period.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive outpatient decompression procedures as an alternative. Specific procedures include:

  • Foraminotomy. This procedure opens up space in the foramen, which are passageways in which nerves enter and exit the spinal canal that can be narrowed by bone spurs.
  • Laminotomy. This procedure involves the removal of a small part of a vertebral lamina, which forms part of the wall of the spinal canal. This allows the surgeon to remove bone spurs which are putting pressure on nerves.
  • Discectomy. The goal of a discectomy is to remove a portion of a herniated or bulging spinal disc, which can also cause nerve compression in the spinal column.

We also specialize in facet thermal ablation, a technique frequently recommended to patients who have been diagnosed with spinal arthritis, which is designed to deaden an inflamed nerve housed within the arthritic joint.

For additional information about the decompression surgery we offer for patients who have been diagnosed with bone spurs in the neck or back, contact us today. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.