The Bonati Resection of Osteophytes refers to a procedure performed in conjunction with other Bonati Spine Procedures for decompression of spinal nerves.
Osteophytes are more commonly referred to as bone spurs, the smooth, bony projections that develop along the edges of bones. They occur in joints — where bones meet each other — and along the bones of the spine. Bone spurs that form on the spine may press against spinal nerves, leading to pain and numbness in various parts of the body. They also may cause the foramen, the opening through which the spinal nerve exits the spine, to narrow and put pressure on the nerve, resulting in a condition called foraminal stenosis.