A bone spur repair is surgery to remove a bone spur, a bony growth
that forms on normal bone. Your doctor will make one or more small cuts
near the bone spur. These cuts are called incisions. Then the doctor will use small tools to remove
the piece of bone. You may have arthroscopic surgery. It is done using a few small incisions and a
lighted viewing tube called an arthroscope. Or the
doctor may make one larger incision. This is called open surgery.
After surgery, you may have less pain. If your bone spur
is in a joint, the joint may move more easily. Removing a bone spur may also
help prevent future problems.
You will probably go home on the day of surgery or the next
day. It depends on your general health and on what kind of surgery you had. The time it takes to go back to work or your normal routine depends on the
type of surgery you had, the type of work you do, and how active you
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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