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Bone Excision

General Information

A bone excision is the removal of a portion or growth of bone. The medical term for this minor surgery is called an osteotomy, or literally, "removal of bone". The procedure may also be termed a laminectomy, a term used to describe removal of bone from the lamina, or part of the vertebrae of the spine.

Reasons for a Bone Excision

  • Bone spurs (most commonly diagnosed in the heel)
  • Pain
  • Increase joint range of motion
  • Bone graft
  • Biopsy
  • Plantar fasciitis


In order to obtain a definitive diagnosis for treatment, your doctor may recommend you undergo a variety of tests and exams, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Physical exam
  • Mobility tests
  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRI


Simple bone excisions for conditions like heel spurs are performed in an outpatient setting. Bone excisions for treatment for cancer or other serious conditions, or for bone grafting procedures, are typically done in a hospital setting. For a simple bone excision, such as that performed for a heel spur, your doctor will:

  • Give you regional anesthetic or general anesthesia (depending on condition and scenario)
  • Make an incision over the area of the bone spur
  • Remove by shaving, chipping or cutting out section of bone
  • The bone is smoothed
  • The incision is closed with sutures

What to Expect

Depending on the reason for bone excision, you can expect a recuperation period of between several days to several weeks following the procedure. Your recovery time may also be determined by the severity of your condition and your prognosis.