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Bone Fragment Removal


Bone fragment removal may involve one or more surgical procedures to remove fragments of bone that are pressing on the spinal cord or nerves and causing pain and other symptoms. The most common type of bone fragment removal is spinal bone spur surgery. Bone spurs can form on the vertebrae and narrow the space in the spinal canal, putting pressure on a nerve. Disc fragment surgery called a discectomy may also be performed with spinal bone spur surgery to remove a portion of a disc that is bulging into the spinal canal and pressing on a nerve.

These minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and able to provide immediate relief of pain that hasn’t responded to nonsurgical spinal treatments.

If other back pain treatments haven’t relieved your pain, one of our minimally invasive spine surgery options may be right for you. We have helped over 30,000 patients find relief from chronic pain and can do the same for you. Call Back Pain Centers of America (BPC) now at [sc name=”patient_phone_number_dash”] to be matched with a board-certified specialist who can provide the expert treatment you need.

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Spinal bone spur surgery and other minimally invasive bone fragment removal procedures offer patients several benefits:

  • Outpatient procedure
  • Very small incision (1-inch in diameter)
  • No disruption of muscles or nerves
  • Minimal scarring
  • Quick recovery

Conditions/Symptoms Treated

Spinal bone spur surgery is used to treat a variety of spinal conditions, including:

Symptoms relieved by minimally invasive spinal bone spur treatment include:

  • Localized neck pain or back pain
  • Pain that radiates to the shoulders, arms, buttocks, and legs
  • Numbness and tingling in the arms and legs
  • Weakness in the arms and legs
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion


You will need to follow preparation instructions to get ready for your spinal bone spur surgery. Part of this preparation includes the following:

  • Stop smoking – Smoking has been found to slow healing and has been linked to degenerative conditions of the spine.
  • Stop taking certain medications – Some medications and supplements increase the risk of bleeding. You will be told which of these to stop taking and for how long.
  • Fast for 6 to 12 hours – You will be told what time to stop eating and drinking before your bone fragment removal procedure.
  • Arrange a ride home – You will not be able to drive after your surgery. Make arrangements to have someone drop you off and pick you up.

Failure to follow preparation instructions could result in the postponement of your spinal bone spur surgery.

The Procedure

Minimally invasive bone fragment removal and disc fragment surgery are performed through a 1-inch incision over the affected vertebrae. Thin tubes are inserted into the incision and between the muscles to access the spine. Special instruments and sometimes a laser will be used to remove bone spurs and other tissue fragments and free the compressed nerve. You may feel immediate relief of your symptoms once the nerve is no longer being pressed.

Once completed, you will be moved to the recovery room to be monitored for a few hours before your release.

Recovery Timeline

It is normal to have some pain at the incision site for the first two or three days and this can be managed using pain medications and by applying ice. Your doctor will prescribe physical therapy to assist in your rehabilitation. Most patients can get back to their usual activities in 6-8 weeks. Your doctor will tell you when you can safely return to work and other activities.

We understand the suffering of living with chronic pain, and we are here to help you. Give us a call today at [sc name=”patient_phone_number_dash”] and join the thousands of others who have found relief with our cutting-edge back pain treatment. A return to your active life is just a call away.

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