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Osteophytes? Is there anyway to remove them from the spine?

I will probably need to remove them without a surgical procedure.

I had Ankylosing Spondilitis from age 13 to 40, I am now 45. The condition has now been eradicated but I am left with osteophytes all along the spine. Dozens of osteophytes with fusion of disc's in many places and lack of spine movement.

Is there anyway of removing them without surgery as there is so many. Removing them surgically would be difficult as they all over the spine back to front, top to bottom so I can't see this as viable. 

I would need some other procedure, medicine, or therapy. 

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,421
    Hello Alex9999

    Osteophytes are also know as bone spurs. This is something you are going to have to discuss with the doctor or surgeon. The articles I read had varying answers. I am sending you a link at the very bottom that will take you to Spine-Health's vast library. There you will find informative articles and videos.

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  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 427
    I have a cousin with AS and he actually found there was a lot less pain when it all naturally fused. He doesnt know of any other procedure, and in his case surgery was not an option....i am sure that your doctor would be able to answer those questions for you. 
    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, decompressions, facet joints removed. cages L4-5, L5-S1, rods, screws, scoliosis reduced to 0*.
    June 2015: Inflam facet arthrosis L1-S, pars fractures L5 and L2, 70* lateral scoliosis with 110* rotational scoliosis on reduction, facet cysts with nerve impingements bilaterally L2-3, L3-4, L4-5, spinal stenosis L2-L4

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