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Bone Spurs

Bone spurs are defined as small projections of bone that grow from the existing skeletal structure. The precise cause of bone spurs is unknown, but they arise frequently from osteoarthritis and may also develop as a result of general aging. Bone spurs are a common development in the human body and are not always problematic.

When bone spurs form on the spine, however, they can press against spinal nerves, leading to pain and numbness in various parts of the body. Diagnosis of bone spurs is typically made via an examination of your medical history and additional tools such as MRI scans, CT scans and X-rays.

Treatment for Bone Spurs
Bone spurs on the spine may cause the foramen (the opening through which the spinal nerve exits the spine) to narrow. This puts pressure on the nerve, leading to serious pain and even debilitation. In many cases, a laser foramenoplasty is recommended to treat the condition.

The Bonati Procedure, an advanced spinal surgery, is performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. This arthroscopic approach provides many benefits to the patient: minimal loss of blood, reduced recovery period, reduced tissue damage, and fewer risks of complications. In this procedure, a hollow tube is inserted through a tiny incision in the skin, and a camera (endoscope) and surgical tools are fed through the tube. The Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery is among the foremost facilities of its kind, with a 90+ percent immediate success rate, as opposed to the frequently less than 50 percent success rate for open back surgery. To learn more, please visit The Bonati Institute's website at www.bonati.com.


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