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Do they do laser surgery for hip bone spurs?

Do they do laser surgery for hip bone spurs?

No: Not that i'm aware of. Ask your doctor if hip arthroscopy is an option for your condition. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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My dad had prostrate cancer and had laser surgery to remove it . Now the doctors want to see if the cancer went to the bone marrow.. Is this normal practice?

My dad had prostrate cancer and had laser surgery to remove it . Now  the doctors want to  see if the cancer went to the bone marrow.. Is this normal practice?

Yes: Any time someone has cancer they should be staged. Which means look for other places where that cancer goes, and prostate cancer does tend to go to the bone. This staging process helps to recommendnthe best treatment for your dads particular cancer. ...Read more

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What kind of treatment or surgery to fix bone spurs?

What kind of treatment or surgery to fix bone spurs?

Depends: Treatment is directed at what is the cause of the spur. Is it biomechanical: orthotics would be helpful. Is it due to a tight shoe: change shoes. Is it due to a deformity of some kind. Then this should be addressed. Palliative treatment, including injections can be done. Surgery to remove spur can be performed if indicated. ...Read more

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Can bone spurs return after surgery?

Possibly: Depending on where your spurs were removed from will help with the answer to this question. In general, bone spurs will no return. But, in some cases over many years there might be a recurrence of bone in the same location. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Without surgery, how are bone spurs treated?

Depend on cause: If due to excessive tension on tendon or ligament inserting into bone, this must be eliminated. Stop excessive pressure on particular bone involved. ...Read more

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I have bone spurs on the spine-- can I get rid of them without surgery?

I have bone spurs on the spine-- can I get rid of them without surgery?

No: No, but the presence of bone spurs does not mean you have to have surgery. Sometimes the symptoms can be well managed no operatively and surgery avoided. ...Read more

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What kind of surgery do I need or what can I do for bone spurs in my feet?

What kind of surgery do I need or what can I do for bone spurs in my feet?

Bone spurs: That is quite a wide topic. Bone spurs range from small , but painful, spurs on toes that can be addressed via minimal incision surgery, to larger spurs like heel spurs and haglund's deformities that are more conventional in nature. Circulatory status determines surgery or conservative care. Seek the help of a podiatrist to guide you with what needs to be done. Good luck ! ...Read more

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Need help docs! my 15 year old daughter has bone spurs she hurts all the time. What are other options besides surgery?

Need help docs! my 15 year old daughter has bone spurs she hurts all the time. What are other options besides surgery?

Need help docs: It is very rare for 15 Y.O. To have spurs, or to have pain all the time; are the spurs on the bottom or the back of the heels?Is she very over-weight? See a podiatrist if feet are involved or an orthopedist to figure out the best treatment. ...Read more

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I had shoulder surgery done a little over a month ago, this was to scrape bone spurs and clean out the bursa. How long until i fully recover?

I had shoulder surgery done a little over a month ago, this was to scrape bone spurs and clean out the bursa. How long until i fully recover?

6-8 weeks: Structurally, there is only mild weakening of the deltoid insertion where the bone is removed. Rotator cuff, if not repaired should be ready to rehab right away. I encourage my patients to start range of motion exercises as soon as the pain subsides (couple of days). I let them do whatever they are comfortable with after a couple of weeks. It generally takes 6-8 weeks for all the tenderness to end. ...Read more

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Why do some bone spurs return after surgery to remove them?

Why do some bone spurs return after surgery to remove them?

No short ans. : Bone spurs occur as a result of progressive remodeling, usually in response to increased physiologic stress on the bone as a result of cartilage loss (arthritis). Removing them does not change the physiology of the arthritic joint, thus they tend to recur. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from an ankle surgery that removed bone spurs ?

How long does it take to recover from an ankle surgery that removed bone spurs ?

Variable....: Depends on the extent of the bone spurs, their location and whether the procedure was done in a minimally invasive fashion. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my left shouler bone spurs and cute tendon on the june 24th and today i was sitting on coach and my shoulder popped an has a burning?

I had surgery on my left shouler bone spurs and cute tendon on the june 24th and today i was sitting on coach and my shoulder popped an has a burning?

Varies: Multiple potential causes, probably most common is you just broke up a little but if scar in that area. If it does not improve or is associated with new onset weakness in your arm I would let your surgeon know right away. ...Read more

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Why is discectomy and fusion necessary when the problem is nerve root compression from bone spurs. Research says disc comp gen. resolves w/out surgery?

Why is discectomy and fusion necessary when the problem is nerve root compression from bone spurs. Research says disc comp gen. resolves w/out surgery?

Depends on Diagnosis: For disc herniation disectomy shown give quicker leg pain relief no difference at two years sport trial. Fusion are recommended for spinal instability not generally a problem with a simple disc herniation really need to know what symptom you want to get treat and what the diagnosis is,generally stenosis can be accompanied with spondylolithesis a slip which does better as a decompression and fusion ...Read more

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Which type of treatment or surgery to fix bone spurs on #5 n 6 neck vertebrae?

Cerv spondy: Arthritis equates to bone spurs. In the absence of pinched nerve pain, no surgical treatment is necessary. Pt alone is likely sufficient. However, if you are asking about surgical options, depends on where nerve pinched. Options include foraminotomy posteriorly or anterior diskectomy and fusion. Both have merits and cons that should be discussed with your surgeon. Disk replacement not for spurs. ...Read more

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I have bone spurs in my feet, spine, shoulder and hip. Is there any treatment other than surgery? What causes spurs?

Spurs: There are many places bone spurs can occur. See a podiatrist for those that occur in the foot. He/she will take x rays and guide you in what needs to be done . Good luck. ...Read more

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Can anything be done for bone spurs on the knee cap? I have a large one on my L knee where I had a tendon release surgery done 7 yrs ago.

Can anything be done for bone spurs on the knee cap? I have a large one on my L knee where I had a tendon release surgery done 7 yrs ago.

Pain is the issue.: I assume you are having pain in the front of your knee that wasn't resolved with a procedure, perhaps, a lateral release, If this is the case, some patients require a more complicated procedure assuming you have failed a course of physical therapy. ...Read more

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I have a had a cervical spinal fusion at c5-c6 now the disc above it is protruding & there is bone spurs going to the plate will i need surgery again?

Possibly: If you are having new pain and symptoms, the adjacent level of your previous fusion may require surgery if you fail appropriate conservative care. ...Read more

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Midfoot bone spurs - are a cause of overpronation and plantar fasciitis? My running progress is hindered by foot issues, should I get surgery?

Bone spurs: Not necessarily. I recommend you have an evaluation with a sports medicine doctor or rehab doctor first. I doubt surgery is the answer. ...Read more

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I have osteoarthritis and bone spurs in my cervical spine and bulging discs in c-3 through c-6. Will this require surgery to fix?

I have osteoarthritis and bone spurs in my cervical spine and bulging discs in c-3 through c-6. Will this require surgery to fix?

Depends: The finding you listed are very common. Mris are very sensitive and pick up many abnormalities. Just remember that we treat patients, not mris. The main question is symptoms. The main indication for surgery on the neck is weakness or neurologic deficit. Pain is not the best indication for surgery and this may lead to dissatisfaction with the surgical outcomes. ...Read more

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10 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed. And i still have pain and swelling. Is this normal?

10 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed. And i still have pain and swelling. Is this normal?

Up to 6 months: The surgery that you had can take up to six months to heal. Other post operative pain treatments could include the use of a TENS unit and or MLS laser treatments. ...Read more

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Been diagnosed with frozen shoulder but arm turns red when raised at shoulder height and bent towards head, what causes this. I had surgery on 7-14-11 for impingement, bone spurs and part of bursae sack removed also have a small tear that was not repaired

Been diagnosed with frozen shoulder but arm turns red when raised at shoulder height and bent towards head, what causes this. I had surgery on 7-14-11 for impingement, bone spurs and part of bursae sack removed also have a small tear that was not repaired

Hard to tell: Agree with dr. Wood in part regarding color change. Probably worth examining. Would want more details on the "small tear" that wasn't repaired. If full thickness i would advise repair especially with continued pain. Stiffness may be just inhibition from the pain. Seek out a shoulder specialist this go round. There is a difference in skill set amongst surgeons so be careful next go round. ...Read more

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I am 14 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed and reattachment. And i still have pain and swelling?

I am 14 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had  tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed and reattachment. And i still have pain and swelling?

Up to 6 months: Achilles tendon surgery such as what you had can take up to six months to heel. Suggest MLS Laser treatments for the pain and swelling. Other treatments could include the use of a TENS unit, as I am sure you have had physical therapy. ...Read more

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Bone Spurs (Definition)

Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are bony projections that form along joints, and are often seen in conditions such as arthritis. Bone spurs are largely responsible for limitations in joint motion ...Read more


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