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 are.
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 or nurse call line 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: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Gavin W. G. Chalmers, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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