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When is spinal fusion needed for bone overgrowth?
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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Rarely
Spine fusion is reserved for when symptoms arise from spinal instability.
Examples include unstable fracture, severe scoliosis, or symptomatic vertebral slip resulting in a pinched nerve. A symptomatic bone spur can almost always be removed without fusion. Like any surgery, fusion should be considered only when there is a clear benefit to offset inherent risks.

In brief: Rarely
Spine fusion is reserved for when symptoms arise from spinal instability.
Examples include unstable fracture, severe scoliosis, or symptomatic vertebral slip resulting in a pinched nerve. A symptomatic bone spur can almost always be removed without fusion. Like any surgery, fusion should be considered only when there is a clear benefit to offset inherent risks.
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: If unstable
When bony overgrowth creates excessive motion in the spine and narrows the spinal canal, it will require surgery.
If removal of the bony overgrowth causes destabilization of the spine, you have to fuse the spine.

In brief: If unstable
When bony overgrowth creates excessive motion in the spine and narrows the spinal canal, it will require surgery.
If removal of the bony overgrowth causes destabilization of the spine, you have to fuse the spine.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Dr. Larry Armstrong
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