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    Could you tell me if there is a surgical treatment for osteophytes on L5-S1.(Osteophyte removal) . I have neural compression due to osteophytes in the spine between the l5 – s1.

    Thank you.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    This is a complex topic. Bone spurs (osteophytes) that compress a nerve can be removed to reduce nerve pain in general. Why these spurs formed in the first place is the question that needs to be answered. If there is instability of that level, these spurs might have formed to stabilize the level. Removal could lead to vertebral instability.

    There also could be a collapse of the vertebral level. The malalignment of the two vertebra might be the cause of the nerve compression (foraminal stenosis- see website) and the bone spurs are only there due to the collapse. The vertebra might need to be realigned with a fusion to decompress the nerves.

    If these spurs are not related to those two conditions and are the cause of nerve compression, a simple decompression would be the surgery of choice.

    Dr. Corenman

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    thank you very much Doctor

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