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My morher has moderate femoral osteophytes. A doctor suggested surgery, what would this encompass?

My morher has moderate femoral osteophytes. A doctor suggested surgery, what would this encompass?

Ask the treating doc: You and your mother should ask this question to the doctor whom she has seen. I am sure he will be happy to explain the type of surgery and what it involves. He may be proposing arthroscopic surgery which uses a lighted tube to look inside the joint and clean up any wear and tear. ...Read more

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Osteophyte (Definition)

An ostophyte is often referred 2 as a spur. In thritis as in the knee the body knows u have pain so 2 try 2 lower the #/sg in of pressure it layes more bone down 2 increase the wt bearing surface, wee c these as osteophytes, same with the hands and feet. In the foot usually the great toe. It is soft bone so a hard bump 2 them and lead 2 a small fx of ...Read more


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C5/6residual rparacentral disc osteophyte complex mild flatening & indent anterior aspect of cord-surgery with anterior fixation&fusion 2fix-soreneck?

C5/6residual rparacentral disc osteophyte complex mild flatening & indent anterior aspect of cord-surgery with anterior fixation&fusion 2fix-soreneck?

Hard to say: The treatment options for someone with the MRI findings you are describing are based also on the degree of problem you have had with it and also with the understanding that many people can respond to nonoperative care. That being said, an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is the time tested surgery for that condition and is reasonably safe and effective. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Had surgery on 9th oct , remove osteophytes. C5-6 and c6-7. Recovery going well. Today had shooting pins & needles up arm with heaviness is this ok..

Had surgery on 9th oct , remove osteophytes. C5-6 and c6-7. Recovery going well. Today had shooting pins & needles up arm with heaviness is this ok..

Inflammation: Inflammation is common, and sometimes the recovering nerve is hyperactive as it heals, but the trend should be improving overall. Anti-inflammatories help and care not to over do it at the surgical site while sustaining progressive mobilization is useful. ...Read more

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I have to have reconstructive hip surgery soon to repair a labrum tear, re build cartilage and remove an osteophyte. What does all this involve?

I have to have reconstructive hip surgery soon to repair a labrum tear, re build cartilage and remove an osteophyte. What  does all this involve?

Arthroscopic surgery: Sounds as if they are planning to repair your torn labrum, remove bone spur and repair cartilage. This can be done thru several small incisions, outpatient taking a couple of hours . This allows the repairs to be done without dislocating the hip joint. ...Read more

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Osteophytes,Kyphosis,Stenosis@C5-7. Surgeon said necessity for me to have corpectomy/ACDF, but not urgent.Better to have a surgery sooner than later?

Osteophytes,Kyphosis,Stenosis@C5-7. Surgeon said necessity for me to have corpectomy/ACDF, but not urgent.Better to have a surgery sooner than later?

Yes younger better: You will never be as healthy as you are today. Therefore, if a surgery is needed then the younger you are, the more likely you will not have complications from simply your older age. But this does not mean you cannot have a good outcome from surgery at an older age. And your symptoms always have to justify surgery. ...Read more

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Herniated a cervical disc c6-7 in July. MRI also found Osteophyte complex at c5-6. Should I have surgery, or keep letting my body try to heal. I am 41?

Herniated a cervical disc c6-7 in July. MRI also found Osteophyte complex at c5-6. Should I have surgery, or keep letting my body try to heal. I am 41?

Varies: It varies based upon your degree of discomfort, your function, and the results of a physical exam. That being said, a cervical disc herniation can heal about 80-90 percent of the time. But it is also one of the more common surgeries we do, because some patients can not really take time out it may take to heal. There are many non surgical alternatives that can be very helpful as well. ...Read more

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Fall on left foot 6 years ago - now osteophyte.cauda equina damage. does the nerve run into to the foot and if so can I have surgery for pain relief?

Fall on left foot 6 years ago - now osteophyte.cauda equina damage. does the nerve run into to the foot and if so can I have surgery for pain relief?

I seriously doubt...: ...that falling on your foot had anything to do with osteophyte formation in your vertebral column, assuming that's what you mean. (Is it?) The "nerve" sort of, indirectly, runs into to the foot but that doesn't mean it's causing your pain, which you don't describe (burning, aching, etc.). Don't get cut-happy. Surgery is a last resort for back problems & usually only if you have motor weakness. ...Read more

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